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Virgin Media Offering Customers Cheaper TiVo

David Gilbert


TiVo Box

When we looked at Virgin Media’s new TiVo service recently, one of the major drawbacks was the high price of the intelligent little box and to that end the company has announced a new cheaper version.

The 1TB TiVo box cost £199 for new customers and £149 for existing customers and even at that price, you were only renting the thing from Virgin Media for the lifetime of your contract. Now Virgin Media has announced a 500GB box available only to current customers, which will cost just £49.95. The new box looks and works in exactly the same way as its larger brother and is also available to all subscribers. Previously TiVo was limited to customers taking the XL TV package but the new box will be available to M and L customers as well.

TiVo Screenshot

Along with the £49.95 initial outlay, there will be an installation fee of £40 and then an added £8-per-month charge if you’re a M or L customer and £3-per-month if you’re an XL customer. The extra monthly charge is accounted for by the extra functionality of the TiVo box including more on-demand content, intelligent recording and games and apps – though the final feature is not fully-formed yet. A month into our use of a TiVo box and we’re still no where near filling up the whopping 1TB of storage space so the 500GB model could be a very viable alternative for most people.

Virgin Media says customers can sign up now for the 500GB TiVo box and units should be rolling out some time this summer. Let us know in the comments if you will be signing up for this cheaper and smaller TiVo box or if the intuitive black box still doesn’t do it for you.


May 12, 2011, 7:40 pm

"A month into our use of a TiVo box and we're still no where near filling up the whopping 1TB of storage space so the 500GB model could be a very viable alternative for most people."

Stop recording Tom & Gerry!

Instead record REAL programmes in HD.

But seriously, I fail to see how it's better at initial outlay of £89.95 and then a monthly (rental) charge for the 500GB?

It's smoke and mirrors accounting.

It would be a good deal if it was without the monthly charge.


May 12, 2011, 9:58 pm

thats a lot more reasonable than the initial 1tb offering, I was very interested in this service when I heard about this service but the cost seemed over the top for a box thats you were only renting!....this one I may well go for!

Chris Hamer

May 13, 2011, 3:36 am

I would go for the Tivio 500GB box for £49 but im not paying £40 for some person to just plug it in and press a few buttons at most when i could do it myself.


May 13, 2011, 12:39 pm

That sounds a bit more like it. Although I have XL and V+ at the moment I want to drop to M (never watch the XL channels) but that would have ruled out TiVo. This looks like the green light for me then! Do agree with Chris though - £40 to plug in a few cables is a bit steep :-(


May 13, 2011, 1:48 pm

Although I agree that £40 is steep for installation the TiVo box does require its own broadband line, so acually does require some installation. Previously I have been annoyed with Virgins policy of £50 - £100 installation fee for essentially plugging in a router, which I then have to configure anyway!


May 13, 2011, 2:14 pm

Hate to say this but still strikes me as too expensive at £89.95 and an extra £36 a year on the XL package considering you're renting the box. The 500Gb model sounds like a lot but HD programs will eat through that space in no time so, really, I'd say the 1TB model is probably a good idea.

The big problem for me though is that Virgin sign you up to a new 12 month contract when you take it out. Considering I've been with them for a couple of years now and I'm paying an up-front cost for the box AND installation really don't see why they tie you down to a new contract. Shame as I'm very interested in the Tivo service but it's not quite there yet.


May 15, 2011, 4:32 pm

Have to admit I'm tempted by this my V+ has a tiny hard drive and I regularly run out of space but really am not keen on the Tivo pricing.

Does this still suffer from the system slow downs that Virgin seem to periodically suffer? Most of the time the V+ is fine but occasionally I go to do something like fast forward through adverts and it will become sluggish to respond and refuse to come out of fast forward mode or whatever it is I'm doing at the time. Even if I reboot the unit it is no better for a while then will simply 'cure' itself at some random point later on, weird. Have you suffered anything like this since you've had the Tivo?

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