Virgin Media launches DTT service

Virgin Media have launched their new Digital Terrestrial “free TV” service. The new service includes a Virgin Media branded set top box, which plugs into your TV aerial and uses the Freeview system to give you access to all of the standard Freeview channels – including Sky Three, Sky Sports News, Sky News, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, E4, Film4 and More 4. Along with the “free TV”, customers signing up to “bundle one” will also get broadband speeds (up to 8Mbps – unlimited downloads and free PC security), anytime calls to UK landlines and free activation. “Bundle one” costs £19.99 a month.

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The set top box has a Virgin Media branded EPG with 8 day programme listings and the box looks very sleek. Customers who already have a TV packages with Virgin Media can just buy the “free TV” set top box for a one-off payment of £40. For more information please go to the Virgin Media website.

Teletext Cars removed from Freeview

Teletext Cars – the Interactive MHEG service from Teletext – appears to have been removed from Freeview. The MHEG now displays a message asking people to go to the Teletext website for the latest deals on cars, etc. The music soundtrack is still playing in the background though. If Teletext Cars has indeed been dropped from Freeview, it may well be to make way for the new Teletext Extra service – an enhanced EPG service for use with certain set top boxes. More news as we get it.