V+ – One Month On

Well, it’s been just over a month since I had the V+ box installed, so I thought it might be a good time to post an update on how I’m getting on with it.

In the first couple of days, it seemed to reset itself a couple of times. And on another occasion, it lost sound to the radio channels – not TV channels, just radio, which was odd, and required a reboot to fix. But apart from that, it’s been very well behaved – certainly more stable than the old box. It’s recorded everything I’ve told it to, and I’ve been able to watch the programs I recorded without any trouble at all.

In short, it works. It does what it says on the tin, and I’m very happy with it. The ability to record a whole series is great – unlike my old HDD recorder, which only allowed me to set a weekly recording at a fixed time, V+ deals with series that have varying start times[1]. I find it really handy to be able to set it to record things that look like I might enjoy, but I don’t want to watch at the time[2].

It has actually changed the way I watch TV – there are now very few programmes that I watch “live”. I find myself catching up at the weekend, or at odd times in the evening. Some things I might leave for a week or two before I watch them. Some things I might never watch, but I can leave them on the box, as there is more than enough space for the TV I want to watch.

So if you’re thinking about upgrading, my personal experience suggests that it’s a Good Thing. Your mileage may vary, and other such disclaimers.

[1] Such as Primeval, which has been shuffling around a bit.
[2] Like Columbo rereuns on Hallmark at 6am on Sundays, for instance

7 thoughts on “V+ – One Month On

  1. whoknows

    I’m thinking about getting a V+ box.
    I have a standard Virgin media box at the mo.
    When the install the V+ box do they just use the same cables as the standard box or do they have to install a new cable??

  2. Stewart Grainger

    hi just had mine fitted just one fault i can find is that if you are watching normal tv and then you turn the v+ box on it still stays on the normal tv until you flick across on the tv remote to ext 5 can you shead some light on this and does yours do the same????????

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