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Virgin Media launched TV Anywhere service
Wednesday 07 November 2012 11:33:34 by Andrew Ferguson

The ties to the cable and satellite set-top box are continuing to whither away. Virgin Media has launched its TV Anywhere service which should allow its cable TV customers to watch content in a web browser or smartphone/tablet anywhere they can get Internet connectivity.

"The world of digital entertainment is moving so fast, consumers are always looking for the next ‘big thing’ to take advantage of the features and connectivity built into today’s gadgets. Virgin TV Anywhere builds upon our fantastic TV service, blending in the best of TiVo and our expertise in broadband and mobile, to bring customers a compelling entertainment experience to enjoy whenever they want, wherever they are – all at no extra cost."

Cindy Rose, executive director of digital entertainment at Virgin Media

Currently apart from browser playback only iOS devices are supported, an android app is expected in 2013. Some 45 channels are available to watch, and if your guilty pleasure is catching up on Phineas and Ferb you can even do so while waiting on an Underground platform.

There was a time when you had to stand up to change TV channel, now with the iOS app you can be tweeting on your iPad and controlling the TiVo. The rise of second screen interaction is seen as important in the media world, but we also are finding that the best TV shows that grab our attention and draw you in result in the phone/tablet being put down. Having time to tweet and comment online is perhaps a sign that a shows script is lacking. Just think about it, when was the last TV show where you stopped side-browsing while watching it?


Posted by Joppy over 4 years ago
"Warning - This service is not currently optimised for Google Chrome and if you continue you may experience issues with ‘device registration’ and may therefore be unable to watch video."

So not anywhere, as it does not work on my default browser. When VM announce something, it is usually 18 months before all customers get it, but android users may be in luck by December 2013....
Posted by Joppy over 4 years ago
Tried on Galaxy S3 default browser over wifi...."Limited Features - Sorry this service is not optimised for your browser"

Usual VM farce!
Posted by Joppy over 4 years ago
Oops, forgot the part where it says it cannot play video on android browser.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
@joppy - thanks for the little test drive. Don't have Virgin cable where I live so could not test these bits.

Usually do try and install and use apps rather than blindly promote.
Posted by Joppy over 4 years ago
It may work for a select few on android who got the Flash 11 upgrade before Adobe removed it from the market.
Posted by fibrebunny over 4 years ago
Perhaps the aim is to keep a tablet nearby in an effort to capture the initial excitement after having watched a good show. Then people could tweet/comment/post online and build up something of a buzz.

I find if I err side-browse as it were that whatever I am watching has lost my attention and will soon become a distraction from browsing to be switched off abruptly.
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