Virgin Media

Virgin Media introduces an instant Classic

Press Release   •   Aug 31, 2012 10:17 BST

TiVo®, superfast broadband and weekend calls all for just £18 per month*

Virgin Media today unveiled its new Classic Collection of cutting-edge digital services designed for anyone who wants to enjoy the very latest in home entertainment. The Classic Collection joins Virgin Media’s Essential, Premiere and VIP Collections to provide a wide range of entertainment options for families to suit all budgets.

The new Collection features Virgin Media’s highly acclaimed TiVo service with which viewers can easily search and browse thousands of hours of entertainment. The award-winning TiVo service is the perfect TV companion, automatically recording shows based on what you’ve watched or using its unique ‘Thumbs’ user rating features to suggest new shows for the family. Using its built in connectivity, TiVo offers cutting edge interactivity with a continually evolving line-up of apps, such as Spotify, extending the functionality of the service.

The Classic Collection includes a wide range of starter TV and radio channels, including a basic HD service, as well as seven day catch up services from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, plus hundreds more hours of TV on Demand**. Customers will also have access to thousands of music videos as well as 500 movies to enjoy instantly on demand through Virgin Media’s pay-per-rental service.

Designed to cater to the digitally savvy, the Classic Collection also comes with superfast 30Mb fibre optic broadband as standard, more than three times faster than the UK average connection***. The Home Phone service features unlimited calls to other landlines, to 0870 numbers and all Virgin Mobiles every weekend, completing the offering of this great value package.

Andrew Barron, chief operating officer at Virgin Media, said: “The success of our Collections to date is testament to the growing mainstream demand for superfast broadband and next generation connected television. Our customers tell us they love being able to enjoy their favourite TV shows at a time that suits them and that they’re discovering new family favourites thanks to TiVo. In introducing the Classic Collection, we continue to make such leading services the standard with Virgin Media.”

The new Classic Collection is available on standard 12 month contracts as well as on offer with six months half price on 18 month contracts. It joins Virgin Media’s existing family of Collections which are designed to meet the increasing demand for faster broadband and intelligent connected TV services, whilst providing unprecedented value for consumers.

For more information on Virgin Media’s Collections, head to

Notes to Editors

* When taken with a Virgin Home Phone (currently £13.90 per month), ebilling and paid by direct debit. Install charge £49.95.

** 58 channels including five HD channels; Catch Up TV from BBC iPlayer, ITV Net Player, 4oD and Demand 5 plus approximately 700 hours of extra TV On Demand programming.

*** According to Ofcom's latest broadband speed report (Aug 2012):


Virgin Media is the first provider of all four broadband, TV, mobile phone and home phone services in the UK.

The company’s cable network – the result of a multi-billion pound private investment – delivers ultrafast broadband connections to over half of all UK homes, with speeds of up to 100Mb, and is being expanded to reach thousands more people across the country.

Virgin Media has developed the most advanced interactive television service, bringing together broadcast TV, thousands of hours of on demand programming and the best of the web in a single set-top box powered by TiVo. The company was the first to offer HD TV and 3D on demand to millions of UK households.

Virgin Media also operates the most popular virtual mobile network in the UK which, when launched, was the world’s first such mobile phone service. It is also one of the largest fixed-line home phone providers in the country.

Virgin Media Inc. is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market and the London Stock Exchange (VMED).