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Virgin Media additional FREE HD and ESPN channels - AT LAST - WOO HOO

DMahon Avatar
7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
Finally Virgin Media subscribers have access to additional HD channels, available today:

- FX HD channel 158
- National geographic HD channel 232
- MTVN HD channel 310
- ESPN HD channel tbc (see below)

All XL TV package subscribers will receive ESPN for FREE on 3rd August so we can still catch up with some premier leauge football - this will be in HD too!

I really don't want to get into the SKY HD vs Virgin HD argument again.
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
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#1
I pity anyone who is stuck with VM :(
#2
Channel 4 HD gone live today too!
#3
we've ****** VM off, no decent HD channels & the service is crap
#4
pet2000
I pity anyone who is stuck with VM :(


Ha, Ha, there's always one, 50MB broadband anyone
#5
Virgin just got voted by Ofcom as having the best broadband service, they seem to be doing lots of things right recently. I think the 50 meg broadband upgrade to their network is also complete and they are testing 200 meg!, no other ISP can touch those speeds.
#6
lol, i love virgin 34 quid for 20meg brodband tv and phone line, you cant beat it.
#7
pet2000
I pity anyone who is stuck with VM :(


whys that? :?
#8
and can get other benfits with virgin ;-)
#9
pet2000
I pity anyone who is stuck with VM :(


Why, I have been with them for 10 years and the service is Brilliant

Best Broadband in the UK, just confirmed by Ofcom, I'm on 20 Meg and I can actually get 20Meg.
The TV service is excellent, I have the V+ can record 2 channels and watch 1 at the same time and The On demand service is utterly superb, BBCi Player, ITV Net player, C4 on demand, hundreds of tv shows and thousands of music videos at the touch of a button for FREE.

I wouldnt wipe my ar$e with Sky.
[mod]#10
im thinking of changing from sky (getting on my nerves)to virgin....hmmm
#11
Mr Doovde
Why, I have been with them for 10 years and the service is Brilliant

Best Broadband in the UK, just confirmed by Ofcom, I'm on 20 Meg and I can actually get 20Meg.
The TV service is excellent, I have the V+ can record 2 channels and watch 1 at the same time and The On demand service is utterly superb, BBCi Player, ITV Net player, C4 on demand, hundreds of tv shows and thousands of music videos at the touch of a button for FREE.

I wouldnt wipe my ar$e with Sky.


Errr HD content not mentioned :whistling:
[mod]#12
Moved to misc as this is a heads up rather than a deal
#13
urbanlegend11
Errr HD content not mentioned :whistling:


Broadcast HD is 720 lines, compared to SDwhich is 576 lines,

This equates to an increase in defenition of 25%, which is why when I'm watching broadcast HD my eye can't really notice the difference.

DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE.

Now if they broadcast HD in 1080 lines then there would be a noticable difference.
#14
Mr Doovde
Broadcast HD is 720 lines, compared to SDwhich is 576 lines,

This equates to an increase in defenition of 25%, which is why when I'm watching broadcast HD my eye can't really notice the difference.

DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE.

Now if they broadcast HD in 1080 lines then there would be a noticable difference.


You might want to get your eyes tested, or get a new TV!
The difference is VERY noticeable.

SKY HD FTW
#15
loopie
Virgin just got voted by Ofcom as having the best broadband service, they seem to be doing lots of things right recently. I think the 50 meg broadband upgrade to their network is also complete and they are testing 200 meg!, no other ISP can touch those speeds.


Who has voted here? If you look at user forums rather than corporate propaganda you'll find that VM is most expensive, worst customer service, and slowest speed.

I was with Telewest since 2000 and have just managed to "escape" VM's claws. Telewest was brilliant and VM managed to destroy a good service. This is my personal experience and I am not alone.

Of course I am no interested in HD, so I can't comment on that, but for Broadband, Telephone and TV services, above comments apply.
#16
pet2000
Who has voted here? If you look at user forums rather than corporate propaganda you'll find that VM is most expensive, worst customer service, and slowest speed.

I was with Telewest since 2000 and have just managed to "escape" VM's claws. Telewest was brilliant and VM managed to destroy a good service. This is my personal experience and I am not alone.


You do know that VM is just telewest but under a different name?
#17
the__mayster
You do know that VM is just telewest but under a different name?


That's what I said. Telewest good, after take-over by VM down hill.
#18
Sorry I have got a new TV and i have very good eyesight, the difference is not very noticable. Certainly not worth paying any money for or losing any other services IMHO
banned#19
pet2000;5895355
That's what I said. Telewest good, after take-over by VM down hill.

you're in a small minority here

£18.50 pcm for 10mb BB, line rental and free weekend calls is superb. Service is much much better than last year. get through within 30 seconds if i ever need to call them (very rarely)
banned#20
pet2000;5895325
Who has voted here? If you look at user forums rather than corporate propaganda you'll find that VM is most expensive, worst customer service, and slowest speed.

I was with Telewest since 2000 and have just managed to "escape" VM's claws. Telewest was brilliant and VM managed to destroy a good service. This is my personal experience and I am not alone.

Of course I am no interested in HD, so I can't comment on that, but for Broadband, Telephone and TV services, above comments apply.

Ofcom via samknows did independent tests

ISP and package - average speed
AOL ('up to' 8Mbit/s) - 3.3 to 3.9Mbps
BT ('up to' 8Mbit/s) - 3.8 to 4.2Mbps
O2 ('up to' 8Mbit/s) 4.1 to 5.1Mbps
Orange ('up to' 8Mbit/s) 3.8 to 4.5Mbps
Plusnet ('up to' 8Mbit/s)* 3.8 to 4.9Mbps
Sky ('up to' 8Mbit/s) 4.0 to 4.7Mbps
Talk Talk ('up to' 8Mbit/s) 3.8 to 4.6Mbps
Tiscali ('up to' 8Mbit/s) 3.2 to 3.7Mbit/s
Virgin Media ('up to' 10Mbit/s) 8.1 to 8.7Mbps
#21
Mr Doovde
Broadcast HD is 720 lines, compared to SDwhich is 576 lines,

This equates to an increase in defenition of 25%, which is why when I'm watching broadcast HD my eye can't really notice the difference.

DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE.

Now if they broadcast HD in 1080 lines then there would be a noticable difference.





in the uk HD is 1080i.
pal is 720x576 ( except for itv which is lower ) , that give you 414720 pixels.
1080i gives you 2052000 pixels - that's 4.9 times more pixels - not 25% more,.
#22
csiman
Ofcom via samknows did independent tests

ISP and package - average speed
AOL ('up to' 8Mbit/s) - 3.3 to 3.9Mbps
BT ('up to' 8Mbit/s) - 3.8 to 4.2Mbps
O2 ('up to' 8Mbit/s) 4.1 to 5.1Mbps
Orange ('up to' 8Mbit/s) 3.8 to 4.5Mbps
Plusnet ('up to' 8Mbit/s)* 3.8 to 4.9Mbps
Sky ('up to' 8Mbit/s) 4.0 to 4.7Mbps
Talk Talk ('up to' 8Mbit/s) 3.8 to 4.6Mbps
Tiscali ('up to' 8Mbit/s) 3.2 to 3.7Mbit/s
Virgin Media ('up to' 10Mbit/s) 8.1 to 8.7Mbps


But we all know virgin cap like crazy on above service and o2 don't

No contest (seriously)
#23
garethyoung
in the uk HD is 1080i.
pal is 720x576 ( except for itv which is lower ) , that give you 414720 pixels.
1080i gives you 2052000 pixels - that's 4.9 times more pixels - not 25% more,.


I think that you are correct in saying that Its 1080i I thought it was 720p,

However its not 4.9 times more detail, the eye percieves defenition in a linear sense, if you increase the number of lines from 576 to 1080 then you add 504 lines vertically , which is an increase in defenition of 88 %
4.9 times is the increase in resolution which is different from defenition.
Obviously the horizontal defenition must match the vertical defention otherwise the picture would be all streched and look wierd, but you cant mutiply the horizontal and vertical defenition together to get a bigger figure for the defenition, it just gives you the resolution.
#24
VIRGIN......
[LIST]
[*]BBC HD (108)
[*]Channel 4 HD (146)
[*]FX HD (158)
[*]MTVN HD (310)
[*]National Geographic HD (232)
[*]ESPN HD (530)[/LIST]

SKY.......
32 HD channels (17 of which are sky owned channels) so they only have 15 if you do not count them.

Ok so sky has alot more. But you pay Alot more so is it worth it? Personally its fairly hard to notice the difference with the naked eye. Obviously you can notice the picture a tiny bit more sharper but not really worth the extra money?
Virgin media gets my vote
#25
i have virgin 50mb broadband, before i had 10mb from virgin, and i need to say that customer service is really bad. when i had 10mb it was all good and running smooth, but after i have upgraded to 50mb my connections is really unstable. On speed tests i get from 1.5mb to 46mb, im pretty heavy downloader and there is no point to start download larger files cos its gonna slow down my internet connection. its doin this every day, not only with downloads. www sometimes are opening like 20-50 seconds ([url]www.hotukdeals.com[/url], imdb.com, youtube.com etc) i have called virgin about 20 times, they always try to tell me that there is a problem somwhere else but not with virgin. i have managed to get engineer from virgin, and after he changed my modem for new one and started testing my connection it was running **** again. he said that its something wrong with cables outside my flat and his team gonna have to come and deal with it, well that was about 3 weeks ago and still nothing changed.
im not gonna call them again, im moving out in 3 weeks and im pretty sure it will be better in my new address.
banned#26
roadrunner1;5895750
But we all know virgin cap like crazy on above service and o2 don't

No contest (seriously)

no they dont. I downlaods GBs every day and at worst it will go down to 2.5mbps for a couple of hours

more than a match for anything o2 can offer in my area (best is about 2mbps!)

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