they look very similar to the existing Cisco hardware.
This is the second time that Samsung have taken over the manufacturing of TV boxes for Virgin. The TV Drive (now known as the V+ HD) was initially made by Scientific Atlanta (now known as Cisco). Since then, Samsung have made the V+ HD boxes, and those boxes featured a significant performance increase over the Scientific Atlanta hardware.
However, any hopes that future TiVo owners may have for a faster Samsung TiVo (compared to the Cisco boxes) appear to have been dashed, with Virgin Staff on Cable Forum stating that the Samsung TiVos will have identical performance, hardware and technology.
V6 update being rolled out - There's a new update being rolled out to V6 boxes to address some of the bugs. If you have the update your firmware level will be 220.127.116.11.RC6-VMB-11-C68 ...