VIRGIN MEDIA HAS launched an Android version of its TV Anywhere app, letting tablet and smartphone owners access a selection of TV channels when away from their TVs. Until now, mobile viewing was limited to PCs and iOS devices, but the new TV Anywhere app opens up 67 channels to Virgin Media customers with an Android handheld, 39 of which are not available on rival service Sky Go. These include BT Sport, ITV, Channel 5, CBS Reality and Premier Sport, although you still don’t get access to the full 90 channels available to watch through a PC web browser.
Virgin Media also added nine channels to the TV Anywhere line-up, including Alibi, Dave, Drama, Good Food, Home, Watch and Yesterday. The app is free to download for all Virgin Media TiVo customers and lets you remotely manage your TiVo recording schedule, delete watched recordings and set reminders for upcoming shows.
Unfortunately the app appeared to have a few teething problems, namely that at the time of writing it didn’t support the latest Android 4.4 KitKat operating system. Older, non-TiVo Virgin DVRs also don’t work with the app, and rooted Android handsets aren’t supported at all. You also can’t watch live TV using mobile data, although this is a fairly common restriction with live TV apps.
You can at least access the full programme guide and schedule recordings when on 3G. Virgin Media’s director Scott Kewley said: “Virgin TV Anywhere is the market-leading service for those who want to take the best of their home entertainment with them to watch wherever they are at no extra cost.” The TV Anywhere app is now available on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, as well as a wide range of Android mobiles and tablets. You can download it now from the Google Play store.