Virgin Media TiVo

Impressed, moi? Oh yes indeedy!! (Hmm I have no idea where indeedy came from but I’ll stick with it!)
I’m actually loving our new Virgin Media TiVo box that we had installed on Wednesday. (The link takes you to more info on the Virgin site)
It may seem silly to some to get so excited over something like this but if you know me, you know how addicted I am to tv shows!

Ant and I don’t go out to pubs, clubs or restaurants. We only buy takeaway food occasionally and hardly ever drink alcohol. If we do get some, Ant has low alcohol lager and I have Baileys. That’s about the extent of our drinking.
TV is our main form of entertainment and it was heaven when they brought out all these new recording features on Sky (when we had it) and then on Virgin when we changed supplier.
I loved our Virgin + box and got really excited when I read all that TiVo can do.

Being able to record 2 programs and watch another was excellent and now we can record 3 programs and watch a recorded program so it’s even better!
We hardly ever watch live tv anymore and when we do, not being able to fast forward the adverts is really annoying!

One of the best things I like about the box is the program information at the top of the screen when scrolling through the tv guide. It tells you which series and episode number a program is. It may sound trivial but I spent so much time going to to find out which episodes of a particular program were showing so I could make sure we were watching a series in order. (I have to watch them in order and if I miss an episode, I can’t watch anymore until I find the one I’ve one I’ve missed. It’s one of my foibles!)
The Virgin + box sometimes didn’t even give a description of the episode, just a general description of the program which was very annoying.

I like how you can search for a program and find all the dates and times when it’s next going to be on and you can make a wishlist so you don’t miss the any of your favourite programs.

The tv guide is great because you can not only go more days in advance than with the Virgin + box, you can go back to see what’s already been on and any programs that you’ve missed and that are available on catch up will have a symbol next to them. You click on your chosen program and can choose to be taken to catch up tv, start a series link or find more information about the program.

One of the things we’re not very impressed with is the design of the remote control. It’s chunky, bottom heavy and smooth on the back so it slips easily. A rubber back would have been better for gripping.

The TiVo box has loads more features but I don’t want to bore you anymore! This isn’t a sponsored post…..just me gushing and thanking Ant for getting Virgin Media Tivo for us. I’m in tv heaven!! 🙂


  1. Shell Louise 5th November 2011 at 11:24 pm

    I'm getting more and more impressed with each passing day, Alyson!
    I'd heard it of when watching U.S. shows and had a vague idea of what it was but didn't imgine it would be this good 🙂 I'm really pleased Ant suggested we ordered it, especially as Christmas is coming and they'll be showing loads of Christmas movies. We now have loads more space and I don't have to spend hours trying to get it all watched before we run out!

    Thanks for stopping by 🙂 xx

  2. alysonsblog 4th November 2011 at 1:37 pm

    oh when we lived in the States we had TIVO – love love it, though dont know what the Virgin derivation is like x

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