Virgin TV Anywhere officially outed, arriving autumn 2012

Virgin TV Anywhere officially outed, arriving in Autumn 2012
Virgin TV Anywhere now outed to the public and online journalists

Virgin Media has formally announced its Virgin TV Anywhere service, giving customers web and iPad access to a TiVo-style service, on-demand content.

As well as all that, there's remote recording arriving in the autumn and an Android version in early 2013.

There's been plenty of talk about the Virgin Anywhere service and it will inevitably draw comparison with Sky Go and Sky's apps for iPad.

However, the Virgin TV Anywhere service does have some rather nifty strings to its bow, most of them based heavily on its TiVo service.

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For Virgin customers without TiVo there are limited online TiVo-like recommendations, some live TV and significant amounts of on-demand content.

But the real winners are the TiVo customers who not only get the PC-based TiVo functionality but also a fully featured tablet app which will double as a remote control.

"Virgin Media: TiVo customers can manage their TV planning wherever they want, be it online or via our new app allowing them to search for shows, discover new content, set recordings and manage all their favourite content stored on their TiVo box," explained Virgin Media.

The iPad app is coming in autumn – so probably not in the next few weeks – and there is an expectation that the Android version will land in the early part of 2013.

We'll be checking out the service as soon as we possibly can, and comparing it to its UK market rival from Sky, but for now - here are the first pictures of the service.

iPad remote for Virgin TV Anywhere

iPad TV guide from Virgin TV Anywhere

Online home from Virgin TV Anywhere

Virgin TV Anywhere's online home

Patrick Goss

Patrick Goss is the ex-Editor in Chief of TechRadar. Patrick was a passionate and experienced journalist, and he has been lucky enough to work on some of the finest online properties on the planet, building audiences everywhere and establishing himself at the forefront of digital content.  After a long stint as the boss at TechRadar, Patrick has now moved on to a role with Apple, where he is the Managing Editor for the App Store in the UK.