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Virgin Media rolls out TiVo update for Spotify and BBC iPlayer

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We had a letter in the post this morning from Virgin Media, announcing a glut of new features for TiVo customers in the UK, set to roll out over the next few days.

Some of TiVo's major draws are apps like BBC iPlayer and YouTube, but these were due an overhaul. iPlayer is now better integrated so that you can browse on-demand catch-up content in the same TV Guide, menus and search functions as regular TV.

And along with a makeover for the YouTube app, there's also HD video support.

Other new features include text entry via your remote's numberpad, as on mobiles, skippable playlists in Music on Demand and the promise of Spotify Premium on Virgin Media by the end of this month.

For now, the system upgrade will be rolled out across the country from today until 24 November – the advice is to keep your TiVo box switched on or on standby at 2am for the next few nights just in case, as the upgrade takes about 60 minutes.

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Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.