Virgin Media launches Living, MTV and FX in HDHigh-definition channels to launch on cable TV

14 July 2009

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Virgin Media launches 4 new HD TV channels

Virgin Media has announced the launch of four new HD channels. The move sees the cable TV provider expand its high-definition offering beyond the BBC HD service that it currently carries.

Until now, Sky HD was the only TV service to offer more than a basic HD TV service, but Virgin’s plans to launch Living HD, MTV HD, FX HD and National Geographic HD soon will give consumers a wider HD service choice.

Virgin also shows some BBC iPlayer content in high definition. For more information on BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, Sky Player and other similar TV streaming services, see our guide to Online TV.

To watch programmes in high definition, you'll need an HD service and an HD-ready TV. Our review on LCD and Plamsa TVs has the latest HDTV models.

Our review on Freesat has information on HD content you can get without paying a monthly fee.

Virgin V+ HD box

To watch Virgin's HD content, you’ll need to get Virgin’s HD box called 'V+'. The V+ box costs £99. A further £5 a month subscription fee applies to customers on Virgin's Size M or L TV packages. Customers who opt for Virgin's top XL package don't have to pay the monthly fee, but this package isn't cheap at £32.50 a month (including a cable phone line).

For more information on HD services, see our guide to high definition TV explained. Our guide on has more information on Virgin Media, Sky,  BT Vision and all the major digital TV providers.

Virgin Media bundles

Virgin allows you to bundle broadband, phone and TV services together. It even has some bundles that include mobile phone services.

To see how Virgin compares for satisfaction with other providers, see our reviews of mobile phones services, broadband and phone, internet and TV packages. 

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