iPlayer catchup now available

BBC iPlayer’s TV catchup service has finally launched on Sky this week.

Customers with HD boxes connected to the Internet can now catchup on their favourite BBC programmes after they have broadcast on the main channels.

The service is available through the usual On Demand (formerly Anytime) menus on your Sky Guide and joins the existing offerings from the likes of ITV and Sky’s own channels.

Please note you need to have the new EPG software on your box to enjoy the new service – if you don’t you need to wait for it to automatically download to your HD box in the coming weeks.

Virgin Media signs deal with NBC Universal

Virgin Media customers will soon have access to an array of NBC programmes on demand.

An official press release from Virgin Media says:

“Virgin Media today announced a deal with NBC Universal International Television Distribution for the video-on-demand rights in the UK to a broad selection of NBC Universal series. Under the terms of the agreement, these titles will be offered as new content across Virgin Media’s three entertainment platforms; TV, online and mobile. From the 1st December Virgin Media customers will be able to access past seasons of great shows such as House, Heroes, The Office (U.S.) and 30 Rock, whether in HD at home through its TV On Demand service or via its online and mobile ‘Virgin Media Player’ services”.

Click here to read the Virgin Media press release in full.

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Virgin Media changes coming 1st & 2nd April

The following changes will take place on Virgin Media on the 1st April:

E4 HD will launch on channel 145 (certain areas only)
Sci-Fi HD will launch on channel 165 (certain areas only)
Diva TV +1 will be removed from channel 165
Sci-Fi +1 will launch on channel 166
Discovery HD will launch on channel 214 (certain areas only)
GOD will launch on channel 279 (to replace God Europe)
Eurosport HD will launch on channel 522 (certain areas only)

The following changes will take place on Virgin Media on the 2nd April:

ITV1 HD will launch on channel 113 (certain areas only)
ITV Player (on demand) will start showing HD programmes

Setanta Replay added to On Demand

Setanta’s catchup service known as Setanta Replay has been added to Virgin TV’s On Demand service from today. The press release on the official Virgin Media website says “the launch of Setanta Replay on Virgin Media offers a range of sports content, including the latest Barclays Premier League games, FA Cup matches, England home friendlies and World Cup qualifiers and means Virgin Media customers will never have to miss the big match again”. Content will be available for up to 7 days after the live broadcasts.

With regards to costs, the press release states “all customers on ‘XL’ TV package will have access to Setanta Replay at no additional cost. Customers on ‘M’ or ‘L’ TV packages can subscribe to TV Choice and get a whole range of on demand content, including Setanta Replay, for just £7 per month”.

Read the press release in full.

ITV Player coming to Virgin TV On Demand

ITV’s catch up TV service ITV Player is launching on Virgin Media soon, it has been announced. Virgin Media has reached a deal with ITV to offer the service on its TV service. A press release on Virgin Media’s website today says “the agreement will give ITV its largest ever potential on demand audience, with Virgin Media’s 3.5 million TV customers able to view over 40 hours of top quality programming from ITV1, 2, 3 and 4 each week”. Programmes will be available on Virgin Media’s Catch Up TV On Demand service for seven days after they’re broadcast.

There’ll also be a catalogue of old programmes available in Virgin Media’s TV Choice On Demand section – Virgin Media says “viewers will also be able to choose from 500 hours of award-winning ITV comedies, documentaries and dramas, all ready to watch at any time on demand”. The press release says a selection of high definition programmes will also be available On Demand.

Click here to read the Virgin Media press release in full.

BBC iPlayer is now integrated into the On Demand menus

BBC iPlayer is now integrated into the Virgin Media On Demand menus. All BBC programmes On Demand now use the iPlayer versions of recordings. If you go to All Channels in the Catch Up TV section and choose iPlayer it just loads the red button version of the BBC iPlayer. If you go to All Days in Catch Up TV it will show up using the same Virgin Media menus as the other content but will still use the iPlayer versions of the programmes. In other iPlayer news, it’s now thought the previously-planned BBC iPlayer channel on the EPG has been postponed – possibly indefinitely.