Articles about Virgina

TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button

Feature Ah, the magic of television. With the press of a button and the twist of a knob, the residents of homes around the country could cosy up for an evening's entertainment as the set warmed up to a steady monochrome glow – with the lucky ones able to tune in to BBC 2. Virgin Media Digital Media Centre Virgin Media Digital Media …
Bob Dormon, 18 Aug 2014
Angry woman on mobile

TV body seeks attractive mobile operators for mutual action replays

+Analysis TV on mobiles? Yes, you’ve heard that one before. It’s been one of the most persistent flops of the past fifteen years. But then so were mobile app stores until somebody, Apple, put enough pieces in place to make them work. Without much fanfare, yesterday saw the launch of a new UK-based initiative, the Mobile Video Alliance ( …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 May 2014
Netflix on TiVo

TV transport tech, part 2: From sofa to server at the touch of a button

Feature These days telly addicts are spoilt for choice with a wealth of services on offer, but what’s behind it all? To find out, The Register was given exclusive access to Virgin Media’s Central Headend – the mothership of its TV services across the UK. Part one covered receiving and redistributing content from disparate sources to …
Bob Dormon, 22 Aug 2014
Virgin Media

ASA upholds complaint against 'best gaming' Virgin ads

Another slap on the wrist for Virgin Media from the Advertising Standards Authority: the ISP was today told not to claim its 50Mb/s broadband package is the "best for online gaming". To be fair, Virgin responded to the ASA's investigation into complaints received about an advertising feature in the June issue of PC Gaming by …
Hard Reg, 19 Oct 2011
Trainspotting email

My name is Dabbsy and I am an EMAILOHOLIC

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I think I have 30 email addresses; I’m not sure. I suspect there may be others. I have them on every computer and even carry some around on my smartphone. At the height of my addiction, I was creating domains and distributing email addresses to my wife and my employees. I even gave some to my kids. Clip from the Father Ted TV …
Alistair Dabbs, 17 Jan 2014

Virgin close to releasing long-delayed TiVo app

Virgin Media first showed a TiVo app for iDevices off in June 2011. Almost 18 months later, the cable telly company may at long last be gearing up to release the software. The app, which works with Virgin’s TiVo-based set-top box was originally due to go live in September 2011 but with that deadline missed, the company kept …
Tony Smith, 05 Nov 2012
The DARwIN robot

Build your own robot soccer world cup winner

The Robot soccer World Cup's Humanoid League, Kid Size division, can only be won by the toughest and smartest autonomous mechanical anthropomorphs . Which surely makes the news the winner of the last two years' competitions is available as a set of open source software and CAD files welcome for would-be managers of robotic …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Aug 2012
The Register breaking news

Freebie users pump up Virgin’s bottom line

Online Service Provider (OSP), Virgin Net, has attracted more than 50,000 new customers to its service in the last 10 weeks despite the fact that it only became subscription-free at the weekend. Although Virgin Net has been holding back until now to begin marketing the service it hasn't been able to stop the steady increase in …
Tim Richardson, 04 May 1999
The Register breaking news

Nuke plant shut down after US earthquake

A strong earthquake with its epicenter in central Virgina has caused two nuclear reactors at Louisa County's 1,806 megawatt, two-unit North Anna Power Station to be automatically taken offline. According to the US Geological Survey, the quake was given a preliminary magnitude of 5.8, though some reports have upgraded it to 5.9. …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Aug 2011
The Register breaking news

Virginia ponders tax breaks for (dead) human space flights

The US may not be able to singlehandedly put a live man into space right now, but Virginia politicians may be about to boost the number of dead Americans catapulted into orbit. The Virginia General Assembly is soon to consider a bill that will allow an income tax deduction of up to $8,000 (£5,100) for burials in space, WTVR …
Joe Fay, 13 Dec 2011
SpaceX Grasshopper

From launch to orbit: The new commercial space pioneers

Feature We all know that many 20th century prophecies of life in the new millennium never came to pass. Among them were flying cars, meals-in-a-pill and annihilation by Skynet, to name but a few. However, taking the crown of unfulfilled expectations has to be private spaceflight for business or pleasure. With all the rapid space tech …
Shaun Dormon, 16 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

Virgin refreshes £8.50-a-month plan's phone line-up

Punters on a tight budget now have a choice of five new free phones on Virgin Media's £8.50-a-month tariff. They'll have to sign up for two years, but if they do they will be able to select either the Nokia 5230 Chrome, the Nokia X2 or the Samsung Monte. Come November, they'll be able to choose the Nokia 6700 Slide too, though …
Hard Reg, 12 Oct 2010
The Register breaking news

Conflict-of-interest scandal could imperil Wikimedia charity status

Wikipedia contributors in the UK are concerned that a scandal involving the close-knit group of friends and business associates who run Wikimedia UK may imperil its charitable status. Wikimedia UK is the group involved in promoting the web project, and it finally won the tax concession in 2011 after being rebuffed two years …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Sep 2012
The Register breaking news

Sky snaps up Virgin TV channels

Virgin Media is selling its TV channels to Sky, to focus on the telecoms side of its business. Sky is paying £160 million cash for the channels and will no longer pay carriage fees for Virgin channels to appear on its TV services. The company has also secured a new agreement with Virgin that safeguards the appearance of Sky’s …
Hard Reg, 04 Jun 2010
Premier Home Cinema chair

Ten... Living Room Gadget Treats

Gizmo Week Reg Hardware Gizmo Week logo small Once, living rooms were the places kept solely for entertaining guests. Now they’re games rooms, home cinemas – and places to crash when you’re just too exhausted from all the fun to do anything else. But kitting out your living room isn't just a matter of picking a TV and a console. There' …
Kenny Hemphill, 10 Apr 2012
The Register breaking news

Star Trek boldly goes on demand

UK fans of Star Trek will soon be able to enjoy "hundreds of hours" of the cult sci-fi TV show thanks to a video-on-demand deal between Virgin media and CBS Paramount, Variety reports. The shows will be punted to subscribers of "Virgin’s premium XL package via its TV Choice On-Demand service", extending the company's TV rights …
Lester Haines, 23 Nov 2007
The Register breaking news

Virgin Media 'overwhelmed' by broadband customers fleeing BT

Exclusive Hundreds of people who have recently signed up to Virgin Media UK’s ADSL broadband service face lengthy delays getting their accounts activated. The company has blamed a sudden spike in demand for its relaunched ADSL package, which is intended for would-be customers who live outside of the operator’s cable coverage and want to …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Aug 2009
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Novell to acquire Managed Objects

Novell intends to buy Managed Objects, maker of business service management (BSM) software, for an undisclosed sum. The deal is expected to close during Novell's first fiscal quarter 2009, which ends next January. Key to Novell's purchase is getting its mitts on the McLean, Virgina-based firm's Configuration Management Data Base …
Austin Modine, 15 Oct 2008
The Register breaking news

Obama taps Google cloud lover as America's first CIO

US President Barack Obama has named the federal government's first chief information officer. Vivek Kundra - formerly chief technology officer for the local Washington D.C. government - was unveiled as federal CIO this morning at the White House. "Vivek Kundra will bring a depth of experience in the technology arena and a …
Cade Metz, 05 Mar 2009
Virgin Tivo

Virgin Media TV Powered by TiVo

Review TiVo is synonymous with hard disk video recording, at least in its native US. To date, its profile was lower in the UK, though a few thousand models of the original UK model were sold about ten years ago, winning it a loyal if small fanbase. Virgin Tivo Cisco's Virgin's TiVo box: PlayStation 3-like curves and minimalist styling …
Ian Calcutt, 25 May 2011
Adobe

Brothers caged for selling pirated Adobe software

An American software internet piracy ring destroyed, and for once eBay is absent from the story. Two middle-aged brothers have been sent to prison for selling "massive amounts" of pirated software from Adobe, Autodesk and Macromedia, at huge discounts. They sold software over the internet with a retail value of $5.6m for about a …
Drew Cullen, 07 Mar 2008

Mother of God seen on USB Flash drive

If you lose a file from this USB drive then you’d better pick your expletives carefully or you’ll have the Good Lord, vengeful wrath and all, snapping at your heels. Maria_USB Thou shalt not carve graven USBs The Maria Memory Stick is USB 2.0 compatible and can be used to store all your essential files. However, unlike any …
James Sherwood, 30 Nov 2007
The Register breaking news

Virgin to offer unlimited, DRM-free music

Virgin Media is to launch the world's first unlimited, DRM-free music download service in the UK by Christmas. It's signed the world's biggest label - the Vivendi-owned Universal Music Group - for the launch, and says it's talking to publishers and other labels. The service will be priced at "a couple of albums per month", …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jun 2009
The Register breaking news

eBay seller nabs $1500 for Jesus-like garage stain

An American family just sold the stain on the floor of their garage for more than $1500. This may or may not be a sign from God. According to the The Associated Press, the stain looks like Jesus Christ. To us, it looks like a stain. Smudge on a driveway in Virginia Smudge on a driveway in Virginia After noticing some …
Cade Metz, 10 Aug 2007
AMD

AMD lays out 2011 PC roadmap

AMD outlined its product roadmaps through 2011 for servers, desktops, and notebooks on Wednesday during the company's financial analysts' day at its Sunnyvale, California, headquarters. The Reg has already provided a load of detail about the server announcements, but there's plenty more to say about the other elements in AMD's …
Rik Myslewski, 12 Nov 2009
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BestBuy blasts into UK with Carphone Warehouse buy

Carphone Warehouse is selling a 50 per cent stake in its mobile phone retail business to US electronics retailer BestBuy, setting the stage for a heavyweight fight in the UK's retail electronics market. The deal will bring CPW £1.1bn in cash, enough to sort out its debt problems and could leave enough in the till to buy Tiscali …
John Oates, 08 May 2008

Record labels to ditch CD singles for USB Flash drives

USB Flash drives will soon appear in record stores in a bid by major music labels to build up sales of physical media in the post-CD era. IronKey secure USB Flash drive and token Yes, but where are the sleeve notes? Universal told The Times this week that by the end of this month it will release USB singles holding several …
James Sherwood, 19 Oct 2007

Virgin Mobile Lobster 621 budget phone

Review Virgin’s bizarrely named Lobster brand of youth-oriented mobiles tends towards the cheap and cheerful an the emphasis on value for money rather than specs with big numbers. And so it is with the 621, which wouldn’t raise any tech-head eyebrows with its spec sheet, but still manages to impress by packing in a few functions that …
Dave Oliver, 18 Nov 2008
Pay TV compared

BT vs Sky vs Virgin

Group Test When the final old-style analogue broadcasts cease in 2012 the default way of receiving TV will be Freeview. For years there have been alternatives for those willing to pay more, and you can end up with as many channels as Lady Gaga has costumes. Like those outfits, you might think: is it necessary to have so many? Pay TV …
Ian Calcutt, 10 Mar 2011
The Register breaking news

RIM faces US Blackberry injunction

NTP is to ask a US District Court to confirm an injunction banning the sale of Research in Motion's Blackberry devices in the States after the US Court of Appeals threw out a request to put the legal fight on hold. RIM has asked the Court of Appeals to suspend the case against it while the US Supreme Court ponders whether it …
Tony Smith, 24 Oct 2005
The Register breaking news

Mantech buys UK document management business

Mantech International Corporation has acquired the imaging and data capture business of Seel Ltd, the Livingston, Scotland supplier of forms processing solutions. Terms were undisclosed. The acquired division operates in the UK banking and commercial sectors and will complement the business of Advanced Recognition Ltd (ARL), a …
Drew Cullen, 18 Sep 1998
The Register breaking news

Virgin Radio goes worldwide on 3G

London-based Virgin Radio claimed to be the first station to offer its broadcasts over 3G today, though most UK listeners will probably stick to their trannies for now. Anyone with a burning desire to listen to shows such as Rock and Roll Football or the imaginatively titled The Late Show can do so, anywhere in the world with a …
Team Register, 07 Mar 2005
SiliconDust HDHomeRun

SiliconDust HDHomeRun

Review Fancy a TV tuner for your Mac or PC? Chances are you’ll be looking at a USB device, but there are limitations – the most obvious being it can only be used on one computer at a time. Offering an Ethernet alternative, SiliconDust’s HDHomeRun twin-tuner Freeview box can serve two computers with independent digital telly channels, …
Cliff Joseph, 28 Apr 2009

Hitachi UT32MH70 32in LCD TV

Review When you’re watching TV you want to be directly in front of it, right? So why should a manufacturer make a fuss about a TV's sides, specifically how thin they are? Even more puzzling is the fact that greater thinness actually does make a difference, as this sleek TV from Hitachi proves. Hitachi UT32MH70 32in LCD TV Hitachi's …
David Phelan, 01 Nov 2008

Virgin Mobile sets up shop in the USA

Virgin has hooked up with Sprint PCS to take its virtual mobile operator business to the States. The partners are pumping $150m each into Virgin Mobile USA, as the JV is called, with Sprint providing this mostly in the form of services, and Virgin supplying its share entirely in cash. The service should launch mid-2002. Virgin …
Drew Cullen, 19 May 2002
Humax Foxsat HDR

Humax Foxsat-HDR Freesat HD digital video recorder

Review We’ve been looking forward to getting our hands on the Foxsat-HDR for quite a while now. In fact, we’d been hoping to review it early in the new year – until some uncouth louts decided to hijack an entire shipment of the devices as they came into the country, including, needless to say, one unit that had been earmarked for El …
Cliff Joseph, 05 Mar 2009
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Microsoft casts WinME sweepstake adrift

Exclusive Microsoft appears to have abandoned a promotional sweepstake that promised fifty winners a day a commemorative edition of Windows ME signed by Bill Gates. This week the sweep has been suspended, with only a brief explanation on the front page stating that "technical difficulties" were to blame. Click for full-size image This …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Aug 2000