Virgin Media TV
Introducing Virgin Media
A relatively new company with a famous name and a 15-year history in communications, broadband and TV, Virgin Media is one of the UK’s largest telecommunications providers and a major player in the pay TV market, with Virgin TV boasting the second-largest subscriber count in the industry. As a full-service provider, Virgin Media offers TV packages that provide TV as a stand-alone service, or bundled with phone and broadband services at discounted prices.
What Is Virgin Media?
Owning and operating its own communications network in the UK, Virgin Media can deliver a full range of TV and interactive services with confidence in the network that delivers them – important in this era of high definition and 4K streaming. Virgin Media has rolled out high speed fibre optic broadband to many areas, with more added constantly, allowing for blazingly fast gigabit download speeds. For those not yet able to access fibre, there’s super-fast DOCSIS 3 cable throughout the existing network. This allows Virgin to offer some extremely attractive full-service bundles that can, at the top end, deliver blindingly fast broadband combined with hundreds of TV channels, all fed into the new, advanced Virgin TV 360 set top box. And for sports fans, there’s a significant advantage to having Virgin TV – it’s the only place you can get Sky Sports and BT Sport in the one package.
What TV Bundles Does Virgin Media Offer?
The best value to be had with Virgin Media’s TV service is via the range of comprehensive bundles, which act as a one-stop solution for your home TV, broadband and phone needs. With a cable network that starts at “superfast” and gets faster from there – and no need to mess around with the installation of a satellite dish – you’ve got a choice of four well-structured bundles which all come with the new V6 set top box.
Big Bundle: Includes 135 channels of general TV alongside dozens of streamed channels and services, 100 Mbps fibre broadband and a home phone.
Bigger Bundle: For a little bit extra per month, you get a lot more channels – over 190 of them, including Sky One, Sky Witness, and BT Sport Ultimate. The fibre broadband gets a speed boost to 350 Mbps, too.
Bigger Bundle + Sports & Movies: The channel collection goes into overdrive in this bundle with over 210 channels – including BT Sport in 4K Ultra HD, Sky Sports, Sky Cinema and much more, along with 350 Mbps fibre broadband.
Ultimate Oomph Bundle: The full package, encompassing a mammoth 230 channels. You get Sky Sports HD, Sky Cinema HD, BT Sport 4K and an extra Virgin 360 box to help your household handle the demand – and to make sure you’re not short of bandwidth for all the 4K goodness, the fibre broadband speed jumps up to a blistering 630 Mbps. You also get an unlimited-data SIM for instant backup in the case of a broadband outage.
Does Virgin Media Do TV-Only Packages?
While Virgin Media did do TV-only packages for a few years, those options are no longer available – mainly because it makes more sense to offer a TV service that’s integrated with streaming and online access seamlessly, something Virgin Media can guarantee when it’s their own network the service runs on.
Which Streaming Services are Supported on Virgin TV Boxes?
Both the new Virgin 360 box and the older V6 and TiVo 500GB boxes include apps for popular streaming services including Netflix, Vevo and YouTube, along with catch-up apps and universal search to find shows and movies across multiple apps and services instantly. You can also stream thousands of hours of TV on demand from your Virgin TV box, including box sets of your favourite shows – or rent the latest movies for a blockbuster night in.
Are There Apps to Watch Virgin TV Remotely?
You can view up to 100 live TV channels, depending on your package, with the free Virgin TV Go apps and web site, giving you the ability to take your shows with you when you can’t be at home in front of the TV to watch. And if you’d rather send a command back to your set top box at home to record a show you’d forgotten, the Virgin TV Control app will let you do so from anywhere in the world – as well as streaming recordings and channels from your set top box to your phone or tablet anywhere around your home.
Contacting Virgin Media
If you need to get in touch with Virgin Media for any enquiries about their TV service, broadband and TV bundles, or any questions related to account and technical support, you can give their customer service team a call on 0800 064 3836. You can also live-chat to customer service from the Chat link at the top of every page on the Virgin TV web site.