The company, which is owned by US firm Liberty Global, has described the five year plan as the single biggest investment in broadband digital infrastructure in the UK for more than a decade. Virgin Media has announced the company is creating 40 jobs in Birmingham, including customer-facing roles and engineers. The growing consumer demand for superfast broadband and next-generation television are the reasons for the expansion.
I know that Virgin and ITV were negotiating a new deal last summer but was this not resolved? We pay a lot and cannot access catch up if on ITV. That is rubbish, Virgin.
So far ITV has chosen not to make any official comment. Admittedly this is not the first time that ITV has threatened to run away from the Virgin TV platform they did the same last year but paused due to a change of management within VM. Meanwhile Ofcom are known to be keeping a close eye on all this, although at the moment all they can really do is lean a bit on both sides of the fence.
On-demand TV is a offered by all of the major broadcasters, letting you watch whatever you like, whenever you like, via the internet. We're no longer slaves to the TV schedule and can watch content for free at a time convenient to us The way we watch TV is changing.
Some sports programming is available to watch again via the service, the FIFA World Cup and highlights being examples. Some programmes, imports and movies are not currently available due to rights issues, and until the latest version, most children's programming in particular was generally unavailable. Programmes are available for 30 days on the site after being first shown on ITV.
Earlier this week it emerged Virgin customers could lose access to all ITV channels due to an ongoing row over on demand rights. The two companies were locked in a dispute over broadcasting powers - and how shows such as I'm a Celebrity and Coronation Street are aired online and on demand. The disagreement is believed to have started over a year ago.
Here's what you need to know:. If you're not happy with the loss of channels you can try to leave your contract with Virgin penalty-free to switch to another provider, as the ITV channels are also available on Sky. Some customers are demanding a refund or a cut in bills to reflect the fact that they can no longer watch their favourite shows on the channels.