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Virgin Media and TiVo offer 3D set-top box

PVR offers dedicated modem and apps

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Virgin Media has announced that its new set top box, powered by TiVo, will offer a range of new features including content in 3D and HD.

Virgin and TiVo have been working together since November 2009, and promise that the new service will launch later in the year.

Want to find out which 3D TV is the best? See our comprehensive 3D TV reviews.

Virgin TiVo set-top box

Powered by Virgin Media’s fibre optic network, the new set top box will feature a modem. This will allow for content such as HD programming and apps to be delivered without impacting on customers other broadband activities, such as surfing the web, according to Virgin Media.

Dave Holes, Which? audio visual expert, said: ‘It will be interesting to see if this device delivers the same intelligent functions that TiVo PVR’s are commonly associated with, such as recommending and recording content based on the viewers watching habits.’

Look at our reviews of PVR’s, including Virgin Media’s current set top box in our PVR review.

3D recording

The new set top box will include 1TB of storage, able to store 500 hours of standard definition TV recording (this will be reduced when recording HD or 3D content). In addition, Virgin’s On Demand service will offer over 4,600 hours of TV shows, films and music channels, including content in HD and 3D.

There is no official word on release date or price at this stage, but we will report on these as soon as they are announced.

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