Virgin http://www.stuff.tv/virgin/all en-GB To infinity and beyond! Stuff talks spaceflight with Virgin Galactic’s pilot http://www.stuff.tv/galactic/infinity-and-beyond-stuff-talks-spaceflight-virgin-galactic-s-pilot/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Space pilot Mike “Sooch” Masucci on the challenges of taking to the thermosphere </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two (photo by marsscientific.com and Clay Centre Observatory)" alt="Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/virgin-galactic-01.jpg?1397616687" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Space is about to get a bit closer, thanks to <a href="http://www.virgingalactic.com/" target="_blank">Virgin Galactic</a>.</p> <p>Some 700 intrepid &ndash; and wealthy &ndash; individuals have already placed deposits amounting to US$85 million to take to the thermosphere aboard Richard Branson&rsquo;s SpaceShip Two VSS Enterprise craft. Once they&rsquo;re up at 110km, they&rsquo;ll get to experience zero gravity and some astounding views of the planet.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s your background? How do you go about becoming a space pilot? </strong><br />Well, I got my engineering degree from the US Air Force Academy and then I was a pilot in the Air Force for around 23 years. I was flying all sorts of aircraft, like F-16s and U2s, which lead me into charter planes and flying private passengers around. It set me up nicely for Virgin Galactic, which I&rsquo;ve been doing for about a year now.</p> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s the training regime like?</strong><br />We received most of our training in the military but the stuff we are doing now is mainly in the simulator and flying the WhiteKnightTwo vessel, which is the aircraft that takes VSS Enterprise into the skies. This gives us a good feel of how everything works but there is still some testing to do.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mike “Sooch” Masucci" alt="Mike “Sooch” Masucci" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/virgin-galactic-03.jpg?1397616687" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>How long before Virgin Galactic starts taking paying customers? </strong><br />We are pretty close considering the first concept was only released 10 years ago. We have a full slate of flight-testing for this coming summer and as soon as we are complete, Sir Richard will be having the first flight and then after that, we will be open for business.</p> <p><strong>Surely you can&rsquo;t just fly a plane into space without dealing with air traffic control? </strong><br />That&rsquo;s the whole point; we are working with the US Federal Aviation Administration so we can show up on any radar. It&rsquo;s a commercial space programme so we want to use the same slots as commercial aircraft. We&rsquo;ll definitely show up on air traffic control, just a little higher where there&rsquo;s no threat of us bumping into anyone.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/yhR3GCqT0Zg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Virgin Galactic and Land Rover" alt="Virgin Galactic and Land Rover" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/virgin-galactic-02.jpg?1397616687" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>So, we&rsquo;ve got US$250,000 and a burning desire to go into space. What sort of training do we need? </strong><br />It&rsquo;s actually not much. We will bring the customer out to the Mojave Desert about three or four days before the flight and give them a series of training activities that include scripting the entire process minute-by-minute, zero gravity training and some communication drills. The more aware the customer is of what I&rsquo;m doing up front, the more enjoyable their experience will be. The customer will also learn how to use their seat properly &ndash; as in, be able to get in and out of it without help &ndash; because there aren&rsquo;t any stewardesses on this flight.</p> <p><strong>Learn to use a seat? That sounds intense&hellip; </strong><br />The seats actually have a lot of technology built into them &ndash; technology we have taken from automotive design. Basically, the seat will tilt backwards and forwards in conjunction with the phase of flight. It removes a lot of the G-Force from the customer during boost and re-entry phases because if you are lying flat, the Gs are predominantly in the chest area, which is a lot easier to deal with than your head. The customer will also learn how to unfasten their belt in zero gravity and safely return to their seat when it&rsquo;s time to go home.</p> <p><strong>It&rsquo;s also a lot of money. Is it really worth it? </strong><br />Think about the global perspective you&rsquo;ll have. You&rsquo;ll be up there in the atmosphere, a place where hardly any human beings have ever been. In fact, we have more future astronauts signed up for the programme than there have been actual astronauts. But seriously, it gives you a whole new perspective on life and it makes you appreciate our planet more, being up there.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/virgin/galactic" target="_blank">More Virgin Galactic news</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Virgin Galactic and Land Rover" alt="Virgin Galactic and Land Rover" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/virgin-galactic-04.jpg?1397616687" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Virgin Galactic" alt="Virgin Galactic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/virgin-galactic-05.jpg?1397616687" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galactic/infinity-and-beyond-stuff-talks-spaceflight-virgin-galactic-s-pilot/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galactic/infinity-and-beyond-stuff-talks-spaceflight-virgin-galactic-s-pilot/feature#comments Galactic Virgin Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:41:18 +0000 Stephen Graves 1435506 at http://www.stuff.tv Virgin Galactic to accept Bitcoin for space trips http://www.stuff.tv/galactic/virgin-galactic-accept-bitcoin-space-trips/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Richard Branson will fling you off the planet in exchange for the virtual currency </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Virgin Galactic flight" alt="Virgin Galactic flight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/virgin-galactic-flight.jpg?1385175270" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Richard Branson has announced that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galactic/escape-rat-race-next-year-flight-space/news" target="_blank">Virgin Galactic</a>, the space travel arm of his company, will accept the virtual currency Bitcoin as payment.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bitcoins in space </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A single Bitcoin, at the time of writing worth about US$900, would have cost you just US$10 a couple of years ago &ndash; so you can see why the currency is getting people excited. And given the high price of <a href="http://www.virgingalactic.com/booking/" target="_blank">Virgin Galactic space flights</a> &ndash; US$250,000 (around &pound;155,000) apiece &ndash; early investors in Bitcoin may have found one of the cheapest ways to leave Earth&rsquo;s atmosphere.</p> <p>The first commercial Virgin Galactic flight is planned for next year, and Branson will be on board with his children Sam and Holly. The event will be broadcast live in the US.</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/bitcoins-in-space" target="_blank">Virgin.com</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/22/5133362/richard-branson-endorses-bitcoin-says-virgin-galactic-will-accept-the" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Um63OQz3bjo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galactic/virgin-galactic-accept-bitcoin-space-trips/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Galactic Virgin Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:38:56 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1429341 at http://www.stuff.tv Virgin TV Anywhere hands-on review http://www.stuff.tv/virgin/virgin-tv-anywhere-hands-review/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We pulled up a couch and put Virgin’s new TV app through its paces – but did it beat Sky Go? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Virgin-TV-Anywhere---app-info_0.jpg?1364398181" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Virgin TV Anywhere hands-on review – at a glance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before even firing up the Virgin TV Anywhere app for iOS, or its online PC version, we're told to expect access to 45 live channels and 4000 hours of on demand entertainment – including everything Sky has on offer. Plenty to keep us busy for the half hour hands-on time then. But the real issue isn't content but accessibility. From the tiled, personally tailored home screen layout things look promising.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Virgin-TV-Anywhere---iPad_streaming_0.jpg?1364398181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_245.png?1364398181" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Virgin TV Anywhere hands-on review – smart viewing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Virgin could have easily thrown all its TV and films into the cloud, accessible via tablet and PC, chucked a TV guide in and it would be great. But it’s taken mobile interaction much further with the personally tailored intelligent viewing that Virgin is famous for. Although the app is not available for non Tivo subscribers – who can stream TV but don't have use of On Demand. While searching, not only can you view shows via name searches, My Thumbs of what you’ve liked before, or TV guide browsing, but there are also collections like Bond, TV Box Sets, or New Shows that all help you discover different things you might enjoy.&nbsp; And watching them is as easy as hitting Watch Now and letting the intelligent bitrate stream adapt to your connection for the best viewing quality.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Virgin-TV-Anywhere---flick-to-tv_0.jpg?1364398181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_0_194.png?1364398181" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Virgin TV Anywhere hands-on review – record from afar </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you want to set a show to record when out and about just hit Record and your box at home instantly starts – we saw the record light on the box right away. And unlike certain other services this also lets you cancel any recordings from the app - rending them totally deleted from your box without a trace. Another nice touch is an intelligent clash check that will warn you of a clash if you have set a show to record later in the day. But with three tuners in the Tivo box that shouldn’t be an issue often. Plus, since the last update overrides the one before, someone at home can easily cancel a recording if they need to watch something.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Virgin-TV-Anywhere---stop-recording_0.jpg?1364398181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_1_155.png?1364398181" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Virgin TV Anywhere hands-on review – home mode </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When sharing the same Wi-Fi network as your Virgin box the app can act as a smart remote. This was great – we turned over on the TV and the app updated its screen with myriad facts and figures about what was on – instantly. It also acts as a full remote for controlling what you’re watching – which was particularly useful when dragging the timeline bar to the exact second of a show you want. And if you’re browsing shows on the app, the TV still displays what you’re watching – then when you find something else you simply swipe it towards the TV and it changes the channel. And it works both ways – if someone else wants the TV you can hit Watch on iPad and let them turn over while you keep watching on your tablet. This only works for streaming channels though – of which there are 45 that work on the app for now.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Virgin-TV-Anywhere---app-info_0.jpg?1364398181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="144" height="43" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logo_2_136.png?1364398181" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Virgin TV Anywhere hands-on review – extras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the Twitter and Facebook apps let you socialise while watching on the big screen, they aren’t yet smart. But work is underway to make them instantly update as you view – for example pulling in any hashtags associated with the show your watching so you're totally immersed socially when you turn over. Don’t expect these updates to land until mid 2013 though, as is the same for the Android version of the app and HD viewing. On Demand - which only works on the PC version - isn't on the app yet, with only live streaming and recording – but this too may be addressed in the future. As a first step Virgin has really taken a giant leap providing a comprehensive service - all for free.</p><p><strong>You may also like</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/computers-and-consoles/news-nugget/intel-nuc-to-show-raspberry-pi-how-diy-pcs-are-done">Intel NUC to show Raspberry Pi how DIY PCs are done</a></p><p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/life-etc/news-nugget/join-the-revolights-cycle-revolution">Join the Revolights cycle revolution</a></p><p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/life-etc/news-nugget/confederate-x132-hellcat-combat-motorcycle-is-a-wolf-in-wolfs-clothing">Confederate X132 Hellcat Combat motorcycle is a wolf in wolf's clothing</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Virgin-TV-Anywhere---Timeline-control_0.jpg?1364398181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-twitter-banner_244.jpg?1364398181" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/apps-and-games/hands-on/virgin-tv-anywhere-hands-on-review </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/virgin/virgin-tv-anywhere-hands-review/news#comments Virgin Sun, 11 Nov 2012 13:56:46 +0000 Luke Edwards 423428 at http://www.stuff.tv Virgin TV Anywhere service and app give you on-the-go telly http://www.stuff.tv/tv-anywhere/virgin-tv-anywhere-service-and-app-give-you-go-telly/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Now you can watch live TV and on demand videos anywhere online or with this new iOS app and online service </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Virgin-TV-Anywhere.jpg?1364399470" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_4144.jpg?1364399470" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're a Virgin Media customer who's been gazing with envious eyes at the Sky Go service, your moment has come – Virgin TV Anywhere is a new online service that lets you, well... watch TV anywhere.</p> <p>The Virgin TV Anywhere app – in iOS format only for now – will stream around 30 channels live plus about 2000 hours of on demand videos – all for free. For those with TiVo there are extras like My Shows for recording, deleting or editing your recorded shows remotely.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/tv-and-hi-fi/news-nugget/virgin-tv-anywhere-service-and-app-give-you-on-the-go-telly </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tv-anywhere/virgin-tv-anywhere-service-and-app-give-you-go-telly/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/tv-anywhere/virgin-tv-anywhere-service-and-app-give-you-go-telly/news#comments TV Anywhere Virgin Fri, 07 Sep 2012 11:37:16 +0000 Luke Edwards 422658 at http://www.stuff.tv Escape the rat race next year with a flight into space http://www.stuff.tv/galactic/escape-rat-race-next-year-flight-space/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Forget the umbrella and ruined BBQs and escape into the glory of space with Virgin Galactic&#039;s hi-tech spacecraft </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/virgin-galactic-space-ship_0.jpg?1364399898" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_4550.jpg?1364399898" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Think you've travelled the world and seen all it's had to offer? Broaden your horizon and traverse the atmosphere with Virgin Galactic's space tourism flights, the first of which has now been confirmed to take-off sometime next year.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/life-etc/news-nugget/escape-the-rat-race-next-year-with-a-flight-into-space </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galactic/escape-rat-race-next-year-flight-space/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galactic/escape-rat-race-next-year-flight-space/news#comments Galactic Virgin Mon, 16 Jul 2012 11:33:44 +0000 Esat Dedezade 421969 at http://www.stuff.tv Virgin Media offers free mobile insurance with Premiere tariff http://www.stuff.tv/media/virgin-media-offers-free-mobile-insurance-premiere-tariff/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lots of extra value packed into latest mobile tariff – if you&#039;re already a Virgin Mobile customer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Virgin-Media-logo_0.jpg?1364400007" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Virgin Media has announced a new mobile tariff that offers free mobile insurance to customers.</p> <p>The Premiere tariff offers free insurance to current Virgin Media customers that covers users for loss, damage (even water damage) and theft, with 24-hour handset replacement usually worth £7.99 a month.</p> <p>The tariff costs £26 per month, or £21 per month for Virgin Media customers and keeps the value coming in the form of unlimited data, unlimited texts, unlimited calls to UK landlines and 2,500 anytime minutes.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/phone/news-nugget/virgin-media-offers-free-mobile-insurance-with-premiere-tariff </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/media/virgin-media-offers-free-mobile-insurance-premiere-tariff/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/media/virgin-media-offers-free-mobile-insurance-premiere-tariff/news#comments Media Virgin Mon, 25 Jun 2012 09:49:02 +0000 Jools Whitehorn 421691 at http://www.stuff.tv Virgin Media reveals first 80 Wi-Fi equipped Tube stations http://www.stuff.tv/media/virgin-media-reveals-first-80-wi-fi-equipped-tube-stations/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Internet&#039;s series of tubes reaches London Underground&#039;s series of Tubes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/virgin-media-wi-fi-underground_0_0.png?1364400145" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_4930.jpg?1364400145" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Virgin Media has named the first  80 London Underground stations that will be kitted out with free Wi-fi this summer.</p> <p>Naturally, major transport hubs like Oxford Circus, Liverpool Street and the refurbished King's Cross have made the list, with Virgin Media's hotspots set to go online by the end of July.</p> <p>The hotspots will cover ticket halls, platforms and other areas of the stations, and will be augmented with a free online portal showing TfL service information, news and entertainment.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/life-etc/news-nugget/virgin-media-reveals-first-80-wi-fi-equipped-tube-stations </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/media/virgin-media-reveals-first-80-wi-fi-equipped-tube-stations/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/media/virgin-media-reveals-first-80-wi-fi-equipped-tube-stations/news#comments Media Virgin Fri, 01 Jun 2012 11:56:41 +0000 Stephen Graves 421400 at http://www.stuff.tv Virgin Atlantic offers in-flight mobile calls http://www.stuff.tv/virgin/virgin-atlantic-offers-flight-mobile-calls/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s a UK first, using your mobile on a plane, but Virgin clearly hasn’t thought this through </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/virgin-atlantic-mobile-phone_0.jpg?1364400252" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_5137.jpg?1364400252" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Virgin Atlantic is the UK’s first airline to offer mobile phone calls in flight. Currently it’s only on Airbus A330 planes from London to New York but will be on 17 planes on at least 10 routes by the end of the year.</p> <p>We're not sure how good this is. Imagine how annoying it will be to have a businessman yelling acronyms in your ear on one side while a weepy teen laments about being stood up in the other. Luckily the carrier AeroMobile (part owner by Panasonic) will be charging roaming rates that should dissuade most from using it excessively.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/phone/news-nugget/virgin-atlantic-offers-in-flight-mobile-calls </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/virgin/virgin-atlantic-offers-flight-mobile-calls/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/virgin/virgin-atlantic-offers-flight-mobile-calls/news#comments Virgin Fri, 11 May 2012 12:10:46 +0000 Luke Edwards 421132 at http://www.stuff.tv BBC Sport App now live on Virgin Tivo boxes for F1 http://www.stuff.tv/virgin/bbc-sport-app-now-live-virgin-tivo-boxes-f1/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Formula 1, Euro 2012, Wimbledon, and the Olympics will soon be available too on most connected TVs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/BBC-Sport-app-smart-tv_0.jpg?1364396325" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_738.jpg?1364396325" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The BBC has just released its BBC Sport App on Virgin Tivo boxes so that you can enjoy everything its Formula 1 coverage has to offer in interactive detail. The launch is to be rolled out to smart TVs later in the year. Future events the app will cover include Euro 2012, Wimbledon, and the Olympics.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/tv-and-hi-fi/news-nugget/bbc-sport-app-now-live-on-virgin-tivo-boxes-for-f1 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/virgin/bbc-sport-app-now-live-virgin-tivo-boxes-f1/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/virgin/bbc-sport-app-now-live-virgin-tivo-boxes-f1/news#comments Virgin Thu, 12 Apr 2012 07:13:04 +0000 Luke Edwards 420746 at http://www.stuff.tv Virgin Media TiVo iPad app coming in September http://www.stuff.tv/media-tivo/virgin-media-tivo-ipad-app-coming-september/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Virgin Media&#039;s new TiVo iPad app is coming later this year – with series recording, but no live streaming capability </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/virgin-media-tivo-new-ipad-app_0.jpg?1364396454" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_1071.jpg?1364396454" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Virgin Media's chief Neil Berkett has revealed that the Virgin Media TiVo app will go live in September, according to <a href="//www.reghardware.com/2012/03/08/virgin_media_ceo_promises_tivo_tablet_app_in_september/" target="_self">reghardware</a>.</p> <p>The Virgin Media TiVo scooped the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/awards/2011/home-cinema-gadget-of-the-year">Home Cinema Gadget of the Year</a> award in the Stuff awards 2011, but it's been crying out for some iPad app love.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/apps-and-games/news-nugget/virgin-media-tivo-ipad-app-coming-in-september </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/media-tivo/virgin-media-tivo-ipad-app-coming-september/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/media-tivo/virgin-media-tivo-ipad-app-coming-september/news#comments Media TiVo Virgin Thu, 08 Mar 2012 17:30:30 +0000 Esat Dedezade 420312 at http://www.stuff.tv Virgin Media's TiVo service gets BBC sport and news app http://www.stuff.tv/virgin/virgin-medias-tivo-service-gets-bbc-sport-and-news-app/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff&#039;s home cinema gadget of the year gets sporty </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="481" height="401" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Tivo_1_rt_1_2.jpg?1364400806" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Virgin Media's TiVo has already walked away with Stuff's <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/awards/2011/home-cinema-gadget-of-the-year" target="_self">home cinema gadget of the year award</a>, and now users can look forward to the addition of the BBC's red button services along with a new BBC Sport and News app – all set to drop next year.</p> <p>The familiar red button service will include on-demand streaming and additional content, while the new BBC Sport app will serve up all you need for the 2012 Olympics and more.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/tv-and-hi-fi/news-nugget/virgin-medias-tivo-service-gets-bbc-sport-and-news-app </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/virgin/virgin-medias-tivo-service-gets-bbc-sport-and-news-app/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/virgin/virgin-medias-tivo-service-gets-bbc-sport-and-news-app/news#comments Virgin Mon, 19 Dec 2011 11:44:44 +0000 Esat Dedezade 419176 at http://www.stuff.tv Virgin Media outs Tivo Spotify app http://www.stuff.tv/media/virgin-media-outs-tivo-spotify-app/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tune into Spotify on your TV with Virgin media Tivo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="281" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Virgin-media-tivo-spotify-app_0.png?1364401000" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_1928.jpg?1364401000" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Virgin Media's plans to stream Spotify through your telly has gone official today with the arrival of its dedicated Spotify Tivo app. It's the first time the super-popular music streaming service has been directly available through a TV in the UK. Even better, it means you'll be able to take full advantage of your bass-shaking home cinema setup. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/apps-and-games/news-nugget/virgin-medion-outs-tivo-spotify-app </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/media/virgin-media-outs-tivo-spotify-app/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/media/virgin-media-outs-tivo-spotify-app/news#comments Media Virgin Tue, 29 Nov 2011 16:43:25 +0000 Lucy Hedges 418978 at http://www.stuff.tv Virgin Media gets Sky Anytime http://www.stuff.tv/media-v/virgin-media-gets-sky-anytime/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A third more on-demand telly for Virgin Media customers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Virgin-Media_0.jpg?1364401216" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Good news for telly addicts – Virgin Media has added Sky Anytime to its on-demand offering, boosting its VOD service with over 6,500 hours of TV and movies, including 3D programming.</p> <p>Virgin Media customers will be able to view on-demand programmes from Sky channels included on their existing subscriptions. At a stroke, Virgin Media's doubled the number of films it has available on-demand, with Sky Movies subscribers now able to view 500 titles from Sky Anytime in addition to the 500 titles available through FilmFlex, PictureBox and Virgin Media Player.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/tv-and-hi-fi/news-nugget/virgin-media-gets-sky-anytime </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/media-v/virgin-media-gets-sky-anytime/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/media-v/virgin-media-gets-sky-anytime/news#comments Media V+ Virgin Wed, 12 Oct 2011 11:07:25 +0000 Stephen Graves 418223 at http://www.stuff.tv Virgin Media to offer free London Wi-Fi http://www.stuff.tv/virgin/virgin-media-offer-free-london-wi-fi/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Begone horrid hotspots with lengthy logins... Virgin Media wants to play internet Santa </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="328" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/virgin_free_wifi_london_0.jpg?1364401614" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_2978.jpg?1364401614" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Virgin Media is planning free Wi-Fi in London. Virgin will offer a 0.5Mbps connection for free, to everyone who wants it, using up the company's idle daytime bandwidth (most of its customers use their Wi-Fi in the evenings and at weekends). Those customers will get special access to 10Mbps speeds, as part of their broadband package. There's no word on when this miraculous magnanimity begins, but we'll be there to tell you when it does.</p> <p><strong>Also</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/web/news-nugget/virgin-media-to-offer-free-london-wi-fi </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/virgin/virgin-media-offer-free-london-wi-fi/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/virgin/virgin-media-offer-free-london-wi-fi/news#comments Virgin Thu, 04 Aug 2011 09:44:25 +0000 Luke Edwards 417305 at http://www.stuff.tv UK gets world’s fastest broadband from Virgin http://www.stuff.tv/virgin/uk-gets-world%E2%80%99s-fastest-broadband-virgin/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Richard Branson loves pushing limits and has done it again with his 1.5Gb internet connection </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="311" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/virgin-media-worlds-fastest-broadband-0.jpg578-blah_0.jpg?1364401655" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_3073.jpg?1364401655" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Virgin Media already has the country's fastest internet connection with its ultra-fast 100Mb line. Now it's gone and created a 1.5Gb line that’s being tested in London right now. That’s 240 times quicker than the national average and the fastest connection in the world. It uses something called DOCSIS 3.0 which, apparently, is so future-proof it’s capable of near infinite capacity. With Virgin’s 100Mb service already reaching quarter of the country, we hope to see this super-speed line reaching some of us soon.</p> <p><strong>Also</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/web/news-nugget/uk-gets-world%E2%80%99s-fastest-broadband-from-virgin </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/virgin/uk-gets-world%E2%80%99s-fastest-broadband-virgin/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/virgin/uk-gets-world%E2%80%99s-fastest-broadband-virgin/news#comments Virgin Fri, 22 Jul 2011 14:28:45 +0000 Luke Edwards 417183 at http://www.stuff.tv