Product Type: other set top boxes
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Never missing a thing..
Virgin V +Box
Author Name: superness11
Virgin V +Box
Advantages: records tv
Disadvantages: sometimes misses the end of programmes
When I switched from Sky to Virgin media, the main reason I switched was because of the quality of the Virgin + box. Without bad mouthing Sky, I simply was not happy with their services and thought that it was time for a change. I think I ended up paying a connection fee for the set up but the subscription was discounted for three months. The box I received was the Virgin + HD box. The access to the HD channels is free compared to Sky where you pay a fee.
The Virgin + box is black and slim with a number of buttons on the front and a large easy to read LCD display. The set up comes with a small remote that is easy to use, with not too many buttons.
The box operates a Personal Video Recorder and has a 160GB memory for you to record programmes and films on. It can store up to 80hrs of recorded programmes on it and record up to two channels whilst you are watching a third. This is fantastic as it can cause many family arguments deciding which programme should take the precedent and be recorded; now everyone is happy. It also has a series link facility so you can programme the machine to record an entire series rather than having to remember to record it weekly. It is probably one of the easiest to use recorders I have ever used. All you need to do is work your way through the seven day television guide on the menu and select anything you want to record. Once you have recorded your chosen programmes you can then navigate round the library and select the programme you want to watch. If a recorded programme is slightly late running due to a sports match over running for example, sometimes the box does not catch up with this knowledge and it misses the end of the programme.
Rather than having to channel flick and watch some dreadful dross because there is nothing on, now I have a selection of programmes I actually want to watch! It really has changed my TV habits.
==Pause live TV==
As the box has a memory, you are able to pause live television and allow the box to take over, this means that you can take that toilet break, make that cup of tea, answer the door and when your duty is over and you return to the telly, you can resume where you left off! Life no longer causes you to miss your programmes; you simply let it interrupt you!
The quality of the recorded programmes is fantastic and you can rewind and fast forward programmes quickly and easily.
If you do not use the record facility or you want to browse some of the programmes that have been on television, you can hunt through the catch up 7 day TV service. This lists many programmes that were on TV on certain days and gives you a second chance to view them. Occasionally Virgin will miss certain programmes out or there is a two day delay in them being uploaded to catch up, for example I watched Shameless on catch up on one week, but the following week it did not have the next episode on. This hit and miss prompted me to always record programmes I desperately did not want to miss.
You can chose to buy films from a menu called filmflex. These are usually about 3 pounds so they are quite expensive and you only get them for 24 hours. FilmFlex are going to start having 3D movies though which is cool however these will be £5.99. Ouch!
I am pleased with the quality of this Virgin Service and I love the freedom the box offers. Now I never miss a thing!
Summary: A great service
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