Virgin Media has created a channel for YouTube in its Electronic Programme Guide (EPG), enabling Virgin Media TiVo customers to access the video community’s online content from listings that have until now been available only to traditional linear broadcast channels.
YouTube is the first app to be included in a TV guide and is available to all Virgin Media TiVo customers. In addition, Virgin Media has integrated YouTube clips and channels more deeply in TiVo’s ‘My Shows’ and ‘Search and Browse’ areas. The app is free to access and can be launched by scrolling through the channel listings and selecting number 198.
Peter Chapman, associate director of content acquisition at Virgin Media said: “The distinction between different types of entertainment – from channel schedules to On Demand TV, from linear broadcasts to online content – is blurring all the time. By giving YouTube a place in our channel listings we’re breaking the mould of the traditional EPG and giving our customers even more choice in how they can watch the great content on our platform.”