Virgin Media Horizon TV guide

Home entertainment has come a long way since the days when a select few terrestrial TV channels were all that we had to enjoy.

Viewers now have access to endless amounts of fantastic TV, movies and sport at the touch of a button, while recording and on demand features give us access to what we want, whenever we want it.

TV services like Horizon from Virgin Media have become hugely popular in Ireland as viewers wake up to the vast amount of features they can have in their living room. Virgin Media’s Horizon TV service uses the provider’s fibre optic broadband network to bring hundreds of channels, on demand features and recording technology to your TV.

The web-connected Horizon TV box, which offers 360Mb broadband, gives users access to TV-based web apps and a variety of TV and movies with Virgin Media’s On Demand service. And all of this comes within a sleek and intuitive user interface that makes watching and using the service a dream.

Key Horizon TV benefits

The Horizon TV service gives customers a number of innovative TV-viewing features and benefits designed to make ‘watching the box’ as enjoyable as possible.

The superfast internet connection means that customers have access to more than 20 Horizon TV apps on their TV, including YouTube, Facebook and Wikitrivia. There is also a number of news, weather and traffic apps to ensure you keep your finger on the pulse.

This internet connection also enables customers to sync Horizon TV with their smartphone or tablet, meaning you can take a show from the TV and continue watching it on your mobile device.

This gives customers the freedom to watch what they want, where they want, while the recording functions means that it’s almost impossible to miss a favourite programme. With Virgin Media’s Horizon service up to four programmes can be recorded at once, so nobody misses out, while series linking means you only have to worry about remembering to record once – the box does the rest.

The small little box of tricks will even suggest shows and make recommendations for TV content, based on the viewers previous viewing selections. With Horizon TV viewers will find it easier to search for TV programmes and movies than ever before!

Horizon TV HD+ box features

For lots of extra features and more immersive viewing, Virgin Media offers a Horizon TV HD+ box for those who want a high-def experience.

The Horizon TV HD+ box has all the same features as the regular Virgin Media TV service and much more. Virgin Media’s latest digibox includes up to 27 TV apps, on demand services and recording functions and personal viewing suggestions based on your watching habits.

The apps available for Horizon TV HD+ customers include video and encyclopaedia apps, along with news and weather services. These Horizon TV apps come pre-installed and free-of-charge, and there are new apps being added all the time.

With the HD service there is also an extra 25  HD channels as standard, for viewers to sink their teeth into, while the QWERTY keyboard remote control makes browsing and searching much easier.

The specially-designed remote has dedicated buttons for the virtual TV guide, the on demand and recording services, and programme information. On the back of the remote there is a full QWERTY keyboard, along with coloured shortcuts, to make searching and browsing as easy as possible.

A unique & highly visual user interface

One of the most enjoyable and innovative features of the Horizon TV service is the unique user interface that Virgin Media has created for its customers. Designed with simplicity and style in mind, customers who are new to the service will be able to use the interface with ease within minutes.

Using vibrant graphics and stunning imagery, the interface even makes browsing for TV shows an enjoyable experience. When browsing through the Horizon TV service, the current programme you’re watching will remain in the background to ensure you don’t miss a thing, while cutting-edge technology allows for lightning-fast channel switching.

Another key feature of the user interface is the Library, which houses an entire collection of TV shows and films that the customer owns. This is the first port-of-call for users, a portal that gives you access to installed apps, stored recordings and purchased on demand content, along with the Horizon Planner for future recordings.

The TV Guide feature allows users to plan their viewing schedule up to 15 days in advance, setting recordings and reminders. It also lets viewers search for shows by TV channel or genre, to ensure you don’t miss a thing.

Horizon TV app and online features

Customers using Virgin Media’s 360Mb broadband can also benefit from the Horizon TV App and online service, which offers a range of useful features.

This app lets you watch live TV and on demand content on your smartphone, tablet or laptop while also viewing the seven-day TV guide and browsing on demand options. The app can also allow users to remote record TV shows, so even if you’re out and about you can still tell your Horizon TV box to record your favourite show.

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