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Virgin Media Announces Updated HD Line-up


Virgin Media Announces Updated HD Line-up

Virgin Media subscribers might have cause to complain about the (arguable) Sky monopoly on decent TV content, but moaning should at least be lessened with the latest update to Virgin's HD itinerary. Starting from the end of July, Living, FX, MTV Networks International and National Geographic will all be getting HD channels; bolstering the level of high definition content available on Virgin Media not inconsiderably.

The upshot will be a bunch of new high definition shows available to 'XL TV' customers. Living shows coming in HD will include Criminal Minds, Ghost Whisperer, Private Practice and CSI (though only the latter is worth the effort if you ask me). FX HD will be showing The Wire, Family Guy and True Blood although as only the latter is actually available in high definition, it's frankly a rather meagre offering. MTV will be doing little better with the likes of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Spongebob Squarepants airing alongside MTV Unplugged and an array of music events, such as the MTV Europe Music Awards.

National Geographic HD might well be offering the most compelling array of programs. Documentaries like Ancient Megastructures and Extreme Ice will clearly be much more impressive in high definition, after all.

Sky probably doesn't need to be worried quite yet - it all ready offers all these channels - but some of us will at least be pleased to see its lead being (slowly) eaten away.

Virgin Media.


July 13, 2009, 5:20 pm

what about sky sports HD??? That and films probably the one that would make people change to (or not change from more to the point) Virgin.


July 13, 2009, 5:21 pm

Do we know if they're going to restrict this content to those using HDMI?

Currently, they only let their HD movie downloads be viewable over HDMI rather than Component cable which is a bit annoying (and wholly unnecessary seeing as all of SkyHD content and Xboxlive download HD content is viewable over Component cable in all its 720p glory)

Ben 3

July 13, 2009, 7:15 pm


The only way Virgin will get Sky Sports/Movies HD is when OFCOM make Sky :(


As they are linear channels they should be viewable via Component the same as BBC HD is


July 13, 2009, 10:31 pm


Well I hope OFCOM will do that as they seem to be promising. Seeing as how David Cameron now says he will disband OFCOM it would have to happen before the next election - realistic anyone? Not when Murdoch owns all the papers that the politicians need to get elected... Are we seeing a Berlusconisation of the UK media? Only OFCOM can stop it now...

Gavin Hamer

July 14, 2009, 12:01 am

Although FX HD might not have many big name shows, the likes of Burn Notice, Sleeper Cell and Breaking Bad are absolute quality. It's no "meagre offering" compared to the tripe on more popular channels.



July 14, 2009, 1:00 am

Surely Virgin should be getting ITV HD + Channel 4 HD also?


July 14, 2009, 12:56 pm

Quote: "Sky probably doesn't need to be worried quite yet - it all ready offers all these channels "

Not true. Living HD is not currently available on Sky.

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