Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Limited pilot for Winter 2011 software update unleased for Virgin Media's TiVo; Includes Spotify Support

Whoa, no PIN nagging and Stop means Stop!?! Rejoice!
From Virgin's Help and Support Forum:

This week we have begun a limited pilot of our next TiVo software release. This new software includes many new improvements as well as key developments that will enable the launch of future products. We’ll be rolling it out to everyone well before Christmas. Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect:

  • Spotify Support: We’ll support Spotify’s high quality streaming format, which will enable the Spotify Premium App on the TiVo platform.
  • Red Button: This update adds extra functionality necessary to support Red Button services developed by our channel partners, such as BBC, ITV, and Sky Sports
  • TiVo App support: We've enabled the connection of your TiVo box to iOS devices through your wireless router to use our fantastic TiVo app, which allows you to control the TiVo box, browse, search and manage recordings all from your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.
  • A new look for YouTube: We’ll support Google’s completely revamped YouTube app, which allows for a more relaxed viewing and browsing experience, and supports HD video!
  • Full BBC iPlayer integration: We’ve changed the way Catch-up TV through BBC iPlayer works. Every BBC iPlayer programme will now be available through Search & Browse, including much more HD content, and you’ll never use up a tuner for BBC iPlayer viewing.
  • Express Series Links: Create a Series Link with default settings at the click of a button.
  • Multi-tap text entry: Use the number keys on your remote like a mobile phone for text entry for typing into search.
  • Automatic Padding: We’ve had tremendous feedback from customers about clipped recordings, so we’ve installed a default level of padding for all recordings.
  • Improved Parental Controls: We’ve made some changes with PIN entry requirements to suit every household. In the new update, PIN challenges on pre-watershed playback of programmes in My Shows become optional. We’ve also added the ability to require PIN to access any application.
  • Skippable Music Playlists: Playlists on Music on Demand will be skippable by track
  • Live Pay-per-view Events: Live pay-per-view events become bookable with your remote control.
  • HD Upscaling: As promised on this forum, we’ve addressed the issue with our picture quality and this new update features better standard definition picture quality with improved upscaling.
  • Connection reliability: HDMI and SCART compatibility improved.
  • Info and Stop button functionality improved: You’ll be able to use the ‘info’ button in the TV programme guide and the mini guide, while the Stop button now works as you would expect.
  • Video Preview for every channel: Every channel will keep playing in the TV Guide window, including all the Sky channels.

There are plenty more updates already in the pipeline and, as ever, we will use your feedback to continue to improve our TiVo service.

We’ll be keeping you up to date on this forum.


Simon Hunt
Product Director (TV)
Virgin Media

There's plenty to like there. Finally, pressing stop will stop the recording and pressing info will give info! The days of  PIN nagging are coming to an end, and it will also be nice to watch the likes of Sky Sports News and not have the preview picture and sound go when accessing a TiVo Menu. SD picture quality will be improved and as for Red Button - this update appears to be the dependency which will allows red button support in the future.

The big addition to the previously leaked list of features is support for Spotify. There's still no official word from Virgin regarding pricing.

The only disappointment is the automatic padding - it defaults to 1 minute before and 4 after. However, there appears to be no way to alter these defaults, so customers who don't want padding will have to reset the defaults when creating Series Links and recordable Wishlists. Also, where's the reminders?

Still, the update is very welcome, hopefully it will include some performance improvements as well.


Kevin Lloyd said...

Obviously good news but is there weasel wording on the red button '... functionality necessary to support ...'?

Does this update provide a basis on which red button services can subsequently be activated or does it mean that the red button services will be available immediately?

I hope the latter. I anticipate the former.

Carl Waring said...

It is indeed the former, Kevin :-)

Lee said...

On the Virginmedia HD box, when watching movies you could skip ahead 10 mins by pressing the number 3 button or back by pressing 1 button. But on the Tivo if you have paused a film for more than 3 minutes it stops, but if you were 1 hour into the film you would have to fast forward (which is very slow) to the point where you were which takes about 5 mins. Have they improved this.

Serendipity Girls Designer Dresses said...

re TiVo App support: We've enabled the connection of your TiVo box to iOS devices through your wireless router to use our fantastic TiVo app, which allows you to control the TiVo box, browse, search and manage recordings all from your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch

How does this work and where do i get the iTunes app? its only available on US iTunes or have i misunderstood

thx keef

Serendipity Girls Designer Dresses said...

i'll assume it is the VM TV app which is not quite what i was expecting, does this charge me even though I have a tivo?
thx keef

Braddy77 said...

The info button does not work for me in the EPG it just asks if I want to record the show


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