Virgin Media launches Setanta Replay TV serviceVirgin Media adds on-demand football from Setanta

19 January 2009

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Virgin Media launches Setanta Replay TV service today

Virgin Media announced the launch of Setanta Replay on its on-demand TV service today. The move sees customers get access to Premiership and FA Cup football matches, and boxing events after they have taken place.

To access the Setanta Replay service, Virgin Media TV customers will need to get its TV Choice on-demand service. This costs an additional £7 a month for customers on Virgin's Size M and L packages. It is included at no additional cost if you subscribe to Virgin's top XL package.

Virgin has many different packages and deals, and allows you to bundle TV services with mobile, broadband and phone line services. You can find out more in our telecoms bundles and broadband reviews.

Virgin TV Choice on-demand

The Setanta content includes full-length match replays of Premiership, FA Cup and England matches shown on Setanta Sports 1, and boxing matches screened on Setanta Sports 1 and 2.

Premiership matches are available 24 hours after live airing . FA Cup and England matches are available 12 hours after live coverage. Games can be viewed for up to 7 days after they first come on to the service

As well as the Setanta content, TV Choice on-demand gives you access to popular series, including Grey's Anatomy, The Sopranos, Life on Mars, Postman Pat and Planet Earth.

Live sport vs on-demand

On-demand services have the advantage of allowing you to watch programmes and sport at the touch of a button whenever you want. However, sports fans may find this takes away the excitement of watching a live game or event.

To find out more about where you can watch live sporting events and to compare Virgin Media's offers with Sky, BT Vision and other providers, take a look at our advice guide to Sport on TV.

Free Sport on TV

You can still get a large amount of sports content, such as Champions League football for free on Freeview or Freesat. For more information on these and other services, see our Digital TV Options guide.


You can watch some sport on high definition (HD), if you get Virgin Media, Sky or Freesat's HD service. HDTV gives you a much sharper and more life-like image. However, only some channels broadcast in HD and you may have to pay extra to access an HD service.

If you want high definition TV you'll also need an HD-ready TV. See our review on LCD and Plasma TVs for the latest models.

For more on HDTV, see our guide to HDTV services.

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