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Virgin Media trials 200Mbps broadband for HDTV

Virgin’s 6-month-pilot tests 3D and HD TV services

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Virgin Media trials super fast 200Mbps cable broadband

Virgin Media announced today it’s carrying out a six-month trial of 200Mbps cable broadband. Virgin is predicting future demand for bandwidth-hungry online activities, such as streaming TV in HD and 3D formats.

The six-month trial, in Ashford, Kent will involve 100 ‘lead adopters’ trying out new ‘state-of-the-art’ entertainment services.

Virgin Media claims 200Mbps is faster than any other speed currently offered on a cable broadband network worldwide.

To see how Virgin fares for broadband satisfaction, see our review of broadband services. If you’re interested in one of Virgin’s bundles, check our review of phone, broadband and TV packages.

HD and 3D TV online services trial

Virgin plans to test 3D and HD TV services, video conferencing and home video surveillance during the six month pilot. According to Virgin, consumers may be using these services regularly on the internet in the near future.

Neil Berkett, chief executive officer at Virgin Media said: ‘The 200Mb pilot will give us further insight into how true ‘wideband’ services might be used by consumers.’

Virgin Media concedes that current broadband equipment is not able to support such high speeds as 200Mbps, but it hopes to work together with suppliers to drive advancement in broadband technology.

Virgin currently offers up to 50Mbps broadband, but most people probably won’t need this level of high-speed connection. To find out more on broadband speeds see our guide to boosting your broadband speed.

Our review of wireless routers has more information on broadband equipment.

Virgin Media bundles

With Virgin Media, you can bundle broadband services with TV, phone, mobile and mobile broadband services.

Some of Virgin’s TV packages include its HD PVR that gives you access to HD content from BBC, including access to HD programmes on BBC iPlayer.

If you want to get an HDTV service, you’ll also need an HD-ready TV. For the latest models, see our review of LCD and Plasma TVs.

For more information on high definition TV services see our guide to HDTV explained. If you’re interested in accessing the internet on your TV, see our review of internet access on TV.

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