In the ongoing battle of cable and telco providers against each other and the big, bad Sky, Virgin Media has announced that it’s done a deal with Setanta to bring Setanta Replay to its cable TV customers.
In basic terms, this means that a range of football, including Premier League, FA Cup, England home friendlies and World Cup qualifiers will be available to watch not-quite-live – up to seven days after the game, in fact.
XL customers will get the package free, while M or L subscribers must stump up seven quid a month. If golf, racing and Scottish football is more your bag, you can catch live action via a Setanta Sports package…
The Top Up TV+ digital TV recorder (DTR) isn’t a new concept — we were talking about it last year and it’s been on the cards since late 2006 — but now Top Up TV has announced a 250GB version, meaning even more space to record Freeview programmes.
By now, I’m assuming everyone knows what the main features of a DTR are (if not, go back to that last article and read). Suffice it to say that this model does all the things you’d expect a dual-tuner Freeview DTR to do. It also continues to give you access to the PictureBox service for £5 a month, offering a choice of seven blockbuster movies each day, plus the usual benefits of the Top Up TV service.
The whole mess that is Virgin Media versus Sky is still rumbling on, but at least there could be some good news for Virgin Media’s sports fans.
It’s being reported that Virgin Media are likely to sign a deal in the next few weeks that will create a new sports news channel. The most likely partner is Setanta Sports, though this hasn’t been confirmed.