Virgin Media TV Anywhere app hits Android smartphones and tablets

Virgin Media today brought its TV Anywhere on-demand and live streaming television service to Android devices, finally offering up direct competition to rival service Sky Go.

Of the 90 channels available via the online service and 67 available through mobiles and tablets, 39 of these are not currently offered on Sky Go, with notable examples including BT Sport, ITV, Channel 5 and Premier Sport.

With an additional nine channels included with the new Android app, Virgin Media’s Director of Digital Entertainment, Scott Kewley, claimed that Virgin TV Anywhere was now “the market leading service for those who want the best of home entertainment with them to watch wherever they are, at no extra cost.”

The nine new channels to join the TV Anywhere service are Good Food, Home, Really, Watch, Yesterday, CBS Reality, Alibi, Dave and Drama.

Free for all existing Virgin Media Tivo customers, the Virgin TV Anywhere app allows viewers to remotely organise their Tivo hubs and scheduling their favourite programmes to record, for viewing at a convenient time.

The new Android app also enables customers to browse tailor made recommendations, rate the shows they watch via Tivo’s trademark Thumbs Up/Down system, and also acts as a gesture-based remote when used at home.

Available to download from the Google Play store, the new Virgin Media TV Anywhere app is compatible with an array of Android tablets and smartphones, such as the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, Google Nexus Tablets and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

The new Android offering follows the TV Anywhere app which has been available for iOS devices for some time.

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