Virgin TV V6
Virgin TV V6Screenshot from Virgin Media website

Virgin Media has finally launched its first 4K TV set-top box called Virgin TV V6. Powered by the TiVo, the new set-top box will take on pay-TV rivals like BT and Sky that already offers 4K services. It is currently available only in the UK, but is set to hit other European countries starting next year.

The V6 allows people to record six programmes simultaneously while watching a seventh and supports 4K Ultra-High Definition (UHD) TV with iPlayer, Netflix, Hayu, Vevo and YouTube. It also supports Virgin Media's original TiVo box and High Dynamic Range (HDR), though the existing Virgin TV customers have to install a software to access the latter feature.

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Priced at £99.95, a one-off fee, the V6 is packed with a 1TB storage that allows 500 hours of SD recordings and 100 hours of HD recordings. Customers can record six more channels simultaneously by adding one more set-top-box.

"Our new Virgin TV V6 box is small in size but big on brains giving our customers a simple, smart and speedy way to find the telly they want whether that's on a channel or on demand," David Bouchier, chief digital entertainment officer at UK quad-play operator Virgin Media, told Advanced Television.

Virgin Media has also launched TellyTablet that runs Android Marshmallow operating system. It features a 14-inch (35.6cm) touchscreen with four speakers. The tablet gives people the flexibility of watching their favourite shows wherever they want.

"With the Virgin TV TellyTablet no matter where you are in the home you can watch your favourite TV wirelessly in the quality it deserves – be that Kingdom in the kitchen or Bake Off in the bedroom," said Bouchier.

(Source: Advanced Television)