Mass Media & Technology

Virgin Media reveals it's "V6" UHD set top box

(August 2016)

NG
noggin Founding member
This box gives FTA UHD, honest gov... I bought one for £69 last week...

http://www.sat-shop.co.uk/store/amiko-amiko-a3-combo-full-hd-digital-smart-set-top-box-receiver


Not according to that spec.

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UHD 2160/50 and 59.94p 10-bit HEVC and HDMI 2.0 output is quite easy to find at a low price point these day in a media player platform.

AMLogic SoCs in the S9xx series do it with no problem. I have a couple of S905 platforms (Wetek Hub, ODroid C2, MiniMX) that all run LibreElec (the Hub also has proper DRM for Netflix HD - but not UHD - in Android) and play 2160/59.94 or 50p HEVC stuff no problem at all. None of these have DVB tuners built in but a USB or Network delivered stream works fine.

There is a Wetek Play 2 coming with integrated DVB-T/T2/C tuner or DVB-S/S2 too. The Wetek models use a variant of the S905 better suited to DVB streams than the others.
Last edited by noggin on 9 September 2016 10:21am

83 days later

LL
Larry the Loafer Granada North West Today
Virgin have officially revealed the V6 box. A slightly redesigned remote, a big ass 14" tablet to watch things on, and a box that makes the Xbox One look like a BMW i8.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/virgin-media-launches-4k-v6-9364026
OM
Omnipresent London London
Curious to see how effective the ability to watch recordings on mobile devices will be in practice as this could be quite useful to me.
AG
AxG Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
The 'TellyTablet'? Sounds like something from Teletubbies.
UK
UKnews
AxG posted:
The 'TellyTablet'? Sounds like something from Teletubbies.

Best keep it away from the Tubbycustard.

If its not a success it'll soon be "time for tabby bye bye"

Sorry Wink
LL
London Lite Founding member London London
The tablet despite the dire name is the most promising device from Virgin in a long time.
LL
Larry the Loafer Granada North West Today
If I'm not mistaken, there's no clear indication as to whether or not the tablet will offer the same limited service that the TV Anywhere app offers, or if it'll offer full functionality similar to the Sky Q mini box. If it's the former, then Virgin are essentially just selling an Android tablet.

9 days later

RE
Rex London London
To update this topic - existing customers are getting the V6s fitted either in late December and January.

Now I won't say much about the design - it's dwarfed aesthetically by the original TiVo, but I was adamant that it would be faster than the original.

It is - I've tried out a V6 box at the local Virgin store in my high street, and it is far more seamless and fast compared to the original TiVo with regards to the original UI. I found browsing the TV guide and launching the menu to be speedy for the most part. The on demand menus are leaps and bounds faster on the V6.

Compare to my initial use of the original TiVo back a few months ago, where browsing some of the menus and iPlayer took an eternity.
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LL
Larry the Loafer Granada North West Today
When you say "existing customers will have it fitted" you're not implying TiVo customers get free upgrades, surely?
RE
Rex London London
When you say "existing customers will have it fitted" you're not implying TiVo customers get free upgrades, surely?

Don't think that existing customers will get free upgrades - Mix and Fun customers have to pay an upfront cost of £99. Full House and VIP customers, whether new or current, will pay only £49.
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OM
Omnipresent London London
Regarding the ability to download recordings to watch on the Virgin TV Anywhere app do have to be on the same network as your TiVo at the time you download them?

Or can you connect to your TiVo to download them from anywhere?
LL
Larry the Loafer Granada North West Today
I imagine it'll work the same way as TiVo-to-TiVo recording access does, which requires both boxes to be on the same network.

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