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Virgin Media launches TV Anywhere

Cloud based service brings Tivo to mobile devices
Wed Nov 07 2012, 12:36
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BRITISH INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER (ISP) Virgin Media launched TV Anywhere today, a cloud based service for existing customers that brings its Tivo TV service to computers as well as tablets and smartphones.

The release includes a new app for mobile devices along with an online destination for desktop and laptop PCs allowing existing customers to watch television from any location.

The service also has social media functions embedded so users can share their excitement or vent their frustrations about TV shows, but it's only available to existing Virgin Media TV customers. However, Virgin Media said the added service comes at no extra cost to subscribers.

"Virgin TV Anywhere features up to 4000 hours of TV available to watch On Demand at any time, including Sky On Demand, featuring shows from Sky 1 and Sky Living, as well as Sky Sports and Sky Movies for those subscribing to these services," Virgin Media said.

"The service also includes integrated access to catch-up TV services from BBC, ITV, 4oD and Demand 5."

Earlier this week Virgin Media announced an app called Smartcall, which is set to rival Skype by allowing subscribers to make free phone calls over WiFi connections.

The app is available to Virgin Media's home phone subscribers, allowing them to use their Virgin Phone inclusive calls on a smartphone connected to WiFi on any mobile networ, and it'll even work when abroad. According to Virgin Media, the Smartcall app automatically detects whether a free call over WiFi is possible. µ


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