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Virgin builds on TiVo and casts off freeloaders: UK TV league table

Virgin Media opened 2013 by adding 171,900 TiVo users and discarding thousands of free TV parasites in favour of paying customers.

Virgin builds on TiVo and casts off freeloaders: UK TV league table
Virgin Media: top of the second division in British TV

Read more about Recombu Digital’s UK TV Customer League TableAround 40 per cent of Virgin’s TV subscribers – totalling 1.5m – now take TiVo for at least £3/month as well as paying for TV channels.

That’s strong growth for a young product, but still a long way behind the almost five million British homes which have a Sky+HD box.

Overall, Virgin lost 13,400 TV customers – falling slightly to 3.78m – but it added 13,700 paying TV subscribers who don’t get a basic free TV package.

This means that 3.3m Virgin TV customers, or 87 per cent of its total, are now paying for TV channels, which is good for the bottom line as Virgin heads towards joining the global Liberty Media cable empire.

Today’s Virgin Media results mark the opening of first-quarter season for the TV industry, so we can expect updates from Sky, BT and TalkTalk in the next few weeks.

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