Virgin Media will bring its TV Anywhere catch-up service to a large number of Android devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One (M8) later this week.
The service, which lets Virgin Media TiVo subscribers watch shows and manage recordings on the go, is currently available on 31 devices including the Galaxy S4, Xperia Z1 and HTC One.
The cable broadband and TV provider will update the Android app, allowing more subscribers to access their favourite shows on the go.
A Virgin Media spokesperson explained that while more phones and tablets would be able to make use of Virgin TV Anywhere, the devices listed below will not be fully supported from launch.
The spokesperson said: “We are always looking at new ways to make Virgin TV Anywhere available to more customers on more devices. Later this week, the most comprehensive entertainment-anywhere service of its kind will be enabled for another 25 smartphones and tablets.
“Due to the volume of Android devices in the market, these have not gone through extensive testing to be classified as “supported”. However, if customers experience any issues they can head over to the Virgin Media Community at community.virginmedia.com.”
The devices are:
|Samsung Galaxy S5||Sony Xperia M||HTC Desire HD||Lenovo Ideatab A1000||LG G2|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (all versions)||HTC One (M8)||Motorola Moto X||Lenovo Ideatab S6000||LG GPad 8.3|
|Sony Xperia Z2||HTC One Mini||Motorola RAZR I||Barnes and Noble Nook HD||Samsung Galaxy NotePRO12.2 (all versions)|
|Sony Xperia M2||HTC Sensation||Motorola Xoom 2||Barnes and Noble Nook HD+||Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (new variants)|
|Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet||HTC One Max||Motorola Xoom ME||Huawei Ascend Y300||Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2|
Currently, while 31 Android devices are fully supported, a further 24 are able to download and use the TV Anywhere app. A full list is available here.
Virgin TV Anywhere will be available on 80 smartphones and tablets once the additional 25 are enabled this week.
In terms of supported devices, this puts it ahead of Sky Go, Sky’s mobile catch-up service which is available on over 50 iOS and Android devices.
Sky, Virgin Media and the BBC all have run in to delays when it comes to supporting the many Android devices out there – Sky has since developed a separate tablet app for its customers while the BBC had to employ three times as many people to work on iPlayer for Android in order to bring it up to speed with its iOS counterpart.
Currently, Virgin TV Anywhere lets subscribers access up to 68 channels on mobile devices, including ITV, CITV, Channel 5 and BT Sport.
The desktop version of Virgin TV Anywhere – available to TiVo and non-TiVo customers alike – lets you stream content from up to 91 channels on your desktop or laptop.
As well as this, Recombu also spoke to John O’Dwyer, senior manager of multi screen products for Virgin Media who said that TV Anywhere support for Xbox One has been moved further down the pipeline in favour of Android devices.
O’Dwyer said: “We’re doing a lot of work on increasing coverage of Android devices. When we launched we started very low. We’re now multiplying that and we’re exploding [onto Android] rolling out to loads more of the popular Android devices.”
When we asked about support for other mobile platforms like Windows Phone and BlackBerry, O’Dwyer said that this wasn’t on the immediate horizon.