Virgin Media adds first 3D VOD content

VOD 3D from C4's week
VOD 3D from C4's week

Weeks after announcing its intention to host 3D content, Virgin Media has put the first 3D programmes up on its catch-up service.

The Queen in 3D and Derren Brown's 3D Magic Spectacular are now available in the Catch Up TV and TV Choice menus, although the 3D is the dated anaglyph type and not the more modern polarised version that Sky is launching in 2010 and

Virgin is trialling


"We're adding 3D content for the first time," a Virgin spokesperson told us before making highlights of Channel 4's 3D festival available on its on demand service.

Chuck it in

"We will also be making the 3D episode of Chuck, aired on Virgin1 in August, available in TV Choice," the spokesperson added. "We are also working on getting some additional content such as The Greatest Ever 3D Moments, which will be part of C4's festival, but it's not confirmed for our on demand service at the moment."

The content will be available until mid-December, though to view it in 3D you'll have to hot foot it down to either Sainsbury's or a Virgin Media shop to get hold of some 3D glasses.

Virgin Media, who recently launched an online searchable listings site to allow easy browsing of its 4,600+ hours of VOD content, also told us that a new search function on its EPG is being rolled-out. There are plans to further improve the on demand interface in 2010.

VOD Success

Virgin Media already has the BBC's iPlayer and supports HD streams, as well hosting the ITV Player and 4OD on-demand services.

The company recently reported that 55 per cent of its customers are regularly using its on demand services, making a record 66 million views each month on average. Use of BBC iPlayer on Virgin Media's platform accounts for about a third of all BBC iPlayer views.

Jamie Carter

Jamie is a freelance tech, travel and space journalist based in the UK. He’s been writing regularly for Techradar since it was launched in 2008 and also writes regularly for Forbes, The Telegraph, the South China Morning Post, Sky & Telescope and the Sky At Night magazine as well as other Future titles T3, Digital Camera World, All About Space and He also edits two of his own websites, and that reflect his obsession with travel gear and solar eclipse travel. He is the author of A Stargazing Program For Beginners (Springer, 2015),