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Virgin Media O2 UK Finally Adds Disney+ to TV 360 Service UPDATE

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022 (4:30 pm) - Score 2,544

Broadband ISP and Pay TV provider Virgin Media (VMO2) has today announced another improvement to their Virgin TV 360 platform by making the long-awaited Disney+ streaming app available on the service for customers. Naturally, you’ll need to be an existing subscriber in order to use the app (£7.99 a month or £79.90 a year).

Customers of the TV 360 platform need only head to the Apps section or press the MIC button on their remote and say “Disney+” in order to find it. Previously, the only way to get Disney+ on Virgin’s platform was to adopt their new ‘Stream’ product. However, this naturally still leaves users of their older v6 and TiVo boxes excluded. We can’t see the TiVo kit getting Disney+, but we would have thought that the v6 could cope.

UPDATE 4th Aug 2022: We did ask VMO2 about v6 and TiVo support, but the operator merely told us that “customers with a V6 can upgrade to get Virgin TV 360 (with no need to swap their box) … those that upgrade and re-contract can get 360 at no additional cost“.

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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17 Responses
  1. Dave says:

    I would think the absence of V6 is a nudge to get users to migrate to 360..

    1. anonymous says:

      Not when the 360 has less feature set than the old v6 AND they want you to pay £24.95 to upgrade for existing customers!

      See the VM community forum, loads of complaints of people who upgraded and wanted to go back. Even things we take for granted like series link.

    2. Alex A says:

      V6 also runs on TiVo firmware which VM want to move off while 360 (and presumably Stream) runs off Liberty’s inhouse Horizon software.

      As well as pushing 360 there might not be a Disney+ app for this version of the tivo software.

  2. anonymous says:

    I don’t use the v6 for iPlayer, All4, ITV, Prime – so not bothered about Disney on it.
    I use my TV’s apps for those services. They won’t get me onto 360 yet, and certainly not paying for it when you don’t own the hardware. The TV is only because they bundle it anyway…

  3. John says:

    Hyperoptic made a failed deal with a flopped Disney movie that injected politics and ruined yet another classic

    Virgin goes all in and pegs their service to Disney’s

    Meanwhile Disney movie revenue are nowhere near the levels of 4 years ago, their stock continues to plummet being half of what it was a year ago and they keep doubling down on awful content. Let them bankrupt already

    1. Mark Jackson says:

      So far as I can recall, Hyperoptic has not made a deal to inject politics into a “flopped Disney movie” (they don’t have that kind of pull over movies and mega corps). What are you actually referencing?

    2. John says:

      They had billboards with the Buzz Lightyear movie all over London

      The kids movie had injected politics into it, not Hyperoptic. Hyperoptic made the deal to do joint venture advertising as I described

    3. Alex A says:

      @John they haven’t injected politics into it? Their joint advertising stuff is just saying that Hyperoptic is very fast. Its no different to the partnerships between fast food chains and film studios which are very common. Sky have been advertising with minions for years…

      Lightyear wasn’t a flop, it made its money back, granted it didn’t make a massive profit but given that it was banned in many countries and the world is a lot different post covid (a lot more focus on streaming) it didn’t do too bad.

      There isn’t a massive deal with Virgin Media, its just adding their app to VM boxes, I wouldn’t be suprised if there wasn’t any money involved since it is beneficial to both parties.

    4. John says:

      @Alex false, the budget for the movie was $200m, usually marketing and promoting is between 50 to 100% of the budget so lets say $300m was the actual cost. The movie is currently sitting at $225m and it has almost completely exited theatres.

      Compare it to another kids movie, Minions, which is currently at $713m (more than DOUBLE) in less time and you can easily see why Disney’s movie is not just a flop but a massive flop that didn’t even break even

      Compare any other Disney movie to Top Gun and it just becomes a joke. Covid is just a massive excuse that leftist media throws to save their companies when the cold hard fact is that it has been well proven that good movies will draw audiences. People are just sick of the copy pasta formula that has been made worse with woke politics

    5. John says:

      Correction, not more than double*, but more than TRIPLE the amount that Disney made

    6. Jimmy says:

      “Woke politics” – what on earth are you on about? Have you seen the film?

  4. Kane says:

    Good luck watching in anything other standard definition on vermin media.

    1. Onephat says:

      I’m assuming you don’t use VM then? My gig1 service easily supports multiple Sky glass 4K streams while the family use other devices. So far I’ve had no major slow downs, no outages or other issues.

    2. Ryan says:

      I got no issues steaming 4k on Disney plus on multiple devices or on different services at the same time on my Virgin service.

      I got M600 broadband, saying thst amount that most services compress 4k even M200 probably can do multiple 4k without issues.

    3. Kane says:

      I’m a vermin media customer on the 350 down plan. I can’t watch prime video, Netflix or Disney plus in anything beyond SD. It’s not my fire cube which is Ethernet connected or my 4k tv as both work using other internet connections. Vermin engineer told me this is normal and I’d need to upgrade to 1gig to watch in 4k

    4. Ryan says:

      @Kane I think Virgin Media engineer is over exaggerate a bit a quick Google search says the average bit-rate for 4K on D+ as 16 Mbps and on D+ help pages it says the data usage for 4k is “You will use approximately 7.7 GB of data per hour:Video quality: 4K Ultra HD Audio quality: Dolby Atmos”.

      M200 average speed of 213Mbps maxed out can download approximately 96GB per hour so shouldn’t have any issues doing 8GB a hour.

    5. Kane says:

      I know he’s full of shit. Even the minimum virgin package is good enough to watch 4k. Clearly my internet doesn’t work properly but vermin don’t care and have no interest in fixing the problem.

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