Replay and Startover with Virgin Media’s new digital TV capability

1 Dec 2015

Aisling McCabe, Platform Development Director, RTÉ Publishing with Bill Blake, Virgin Media’s Head of Commercial and Products

Just in time for the binge-tastic days of Christmas, Virgin Media has updated its Horizon TV service with new Replay TV and Startover features to keep harmony in the homestead.

If you remember the epic family rows over the remote control over whether to watch Star Wars or Indiana Jones for the seventh year in a row, well those days are history.

The new Startover feature allows users who miss the start of a show to select ‘Play from Start’ and the programme will automatically start from the beginning.

Replay means that, free of charge, there is over seven days of TV schedule viewers can watch in their own time.

Replay TV is the latest addition to a host of On Demand TV options from Virgin Media.

Initially, 26 channels will be available, including RTÉ One, RTÉ2, TV3, 3e, UTV Ireland, BT Sports, Setanta, MTV, Disney and Nickelodeon, and more will be added over the coming months.

No extra charge

“At Virgin Media, we promised to bring the magic to our Irish customers and are delighted to bring these brilliant new services to our Horizon TV customers in time for Christmas for no extra charge,” said Bill Blake, Virgin Media’s head of commercial and products.

“We’re really pleased to give our customers the power to never have to worry if they miss their favourite show or movie as they’ll have up to seven days to catch up with Replay TV, free of charge. And with Startover, there’s no need to rush if you miss the start of a programme. You can still record four channels at the same time, so it’s a complete gift for Christmas.

“Not only are these features a first for our customers, Virgin Media are the first company to offer Replay TV and Startover in Ireland. This is only the beginning and we’ll be constantly adding new channels,” Blake said.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years