Virgin Media Showcases Cheap HD Set-top Box

Virgin Media has revealed a new set-top box that, it hopes, will kick start the conversion of its customers from standard definition to high definition.

Virgin Media has revealed a new set-top box that, it hopes, will kick start the conversion of its customers from standard definition to high definition.

The new box unsurprisingly called the V Box HD will be valid for new and existing customers on all three channels packages including the free M+ and will automatically give them HD channels without any associated costs.

Surprisingly, the device is 3D-ready out of the box, comes with HDMI and SCART ports as well as USB and Ethernet ports plus a super efficiency standby mode that will cut energy consumption by 95 percent.

The box, which doesn't come with any PVR functionality, will cost £64 in all if you plan to install it by yourself and an additional £20 if an engineer is dispatched. You can register your interest here.

The other way of getting HD content on from the cable provider is to pay fo the V+ HD box which comes with a £5 monthly fee while the setup fee is only £49. Interestingly, it seems more economical to stick to the V+ HD box when going for the TV XL rather than getting the V Box HD it seems.

Virgin has been busy signing up a number of channels in high definition including ITV, Eurosport, Discovery, Sci Fi, E4 and Film4 on top of the existing BBC and Channel 4 that are already listed.

Our Comments

Virgin Media is catching up with Sky and it would be interesting to see whether they will at some point give away their HD box for free or for very cheap. Combine that with some excellent deals on Virgin Mobile and the network operator could well attract a few customers.

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