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Virgin Media Broadband & VoD Hit By Issues Over The Weekend?

Reports have emerged about Virgin Media users being hit by outages especially across London and the South East on Saturday and Sunday.

We noted over the weekend some erratic performance issues in the Luton area with Virgin Media Broadband, which were not solved (at least initially) even when restarting the router.

Tech website, The Register, reported that some of its readers had noticed that a number of websites were unavailable unless accessed through a proxy server.

We also noticed that the downtime did affect the video on demand/TiVO service. Standard definition content from Virgin Media's own catchup on demand service at some point was choppy and missed quite a few frames.

Last week, Virgin Media (opens in new tab) acknowledged that around 100 customers were affected in the east of Scotland by downtime caused by rats chewing through its underground fiber optic cables, something that may be classified as an act of nature.

A spokesperson for Virgin Media said that the company had "no knowledge of the problem". Still, Virgin Media's outage is chicken feed compared to what Blackberry users worldwide have been through in last month.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.