The Virgin Media cable service status pages lists a number of areas of the UK that are experiencing service outages at present. The number of problem seems larger than normal with the following postcodes affected: MK43, WA12, G73, G72, TF5, N14, B98, CB3, DA12, HP2, TW9, UB4, CR0, SM6, NE3 and SS8.
The problem concerns a loss of a combination of analogue TV, digital TV and cable broadband services. The fault tickets give little detail but may update as more information becomes available.
After the loss of Sky One and other channels following the Virgin vs BSkyB row, customers will be on edge in comparing Sky and Virgin services to meet their needs and with the proposed tube strike on its way in London, even more people will be checking work e-mail from home causing more grief for daytime loss of service than usual.
Update 8:45pm 3rd September 2007: Virgin Media has contacted us to assure us that the problem is not a generic network problem, but rather a fairly normal pattern of hardware breaking in the 400,000 street cabinets and other locations crucial to their network. This is supported by a number of the outages getting marked as resolved at this time.