Virgin Media's 500GB TiVo box pegged for May 18 rollout

Virgin Media's standard 500GB box out in mid-May

Virgin Media steps up to the plate to give Sky+ HD some serious competition

While Virgin Media’s flagship 1TB TiVo box is set to be finally released in the next few days, many tech-savvy consumers will be holding out for the cheaper 500GB version, which was announced earlier this week.

After a call to Virgin Media's designated TiVo ‘experts’, it was disclosed that the 500GB box will be released to existing customers on May 18 on a first-come, first-serve basis for just £49.95. The 'standard' box will be available to all Virgin Media's estimated 3.4m subscribers, unlike the 1TB offering which will only available to the company’s XL TV subscribers. The price vastly undercuts the 1TB model's initial £149.95 outlay, while both models will cost an extra £40 for installation.

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The 500GB hard drive model will still store a hefty 250 hours of (standard-def) content and come with all the functionality of its big brother. This includes three TV tuners, which will allow viewers to watch and record one channel, while recording two others at the same time. Another handy feature included is a dedicated internal broadband modem to power the services’ plethora of connected features.

Virgin Media will be hope its improved Cisco hardware and collaboration with TiVo can help it go toe to toe with the Sky+ HD box in the hotly contested PVR market.

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