Virgin Media has announced the first details of its upcoming TiVo-powered HD/3D set-top box, which will give customers 1 TeraByte of storage for personal recordings. The new HD/3D set-top will launch alongside Virgin Media’s new TiVo-powered next generation connected TV service scheduled for later this year, and will be capable of storing up to 500 hours of content.
Powered by Virgin Media’s unique fiber optic network, the box will also feature its own dedicated internal modem able to deliver HD video and other online services without impacting customers’ regular broadband connections. As a result, Virgin Media’s new TiVo-powered service will not only be able to deliver linear TV alongside a TV on demand offering, but will also be able to support online video in HD straight to customers’ TVs without having to sacrifice other online activities when in use.
Virgin Media and TiVo announced plans to join forces in November 2009. Virgin Media and TiVo have developed a unique converged TV and interactive service.