The Good Three tuners; large hard drive; generally fast menus; quiet fan; can recover deleted recordings.
The Bad Disappointing on-demand feature; not as easy to use as expected; EPG doesn't show live info; slow recording menus; still some software bugs.
The Bottom Line TiVo is a must-have upgrade if you currently get your TV through Virgin Media and want to continue doing so, or if you want the most powerful PVR on the market. For everyone else, there's still much work to be done on the software before we can recommend it as a reason to switch TV providers.
Virgin Media TiVo
If you currently use Virgin Media TV, you'll probably hate your current box, as you should -- it's slow and hard to use. That's why Virgin's deal with American company TiVo is such a big deal for you. The software TiVo makes powers millions of PVRs in the US, and TiVo has become a byword for ease of use over the past decade.
Now Virgin has turned to TiVo to help it in its fight against Sky. We've been using the first box powered by the software for nearly four months now, but is it as easy to use as the hype suggests?
The 1TB box will set you back £100, and the 500GB box will cost you £50. That's in addition to a £3-per-month TiVo subscription, and the price of your current Virgin Media package.
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