Out of curiosity is virgin media sticking with tivo? I did hear that they'd renewed their tivo agreement until 2020. This year. The tv technical team over the phone did say the existing tivos ain't compatible with the horizon 4 Rdk platform 🤔 so is it just the v6 receivers getting the upgrade? I've read on the Internet that it's planned for 2nd half of this year. They apparently started the roll out October 2019.
I did read that the platform update to the v6 receivers started rolling out October 2019. The over phone TV tech team did say all equipment software & platforms are updated automatically every 4-6 weeks. My last update was 18th Feb this year. So I'm guessing my equipment would of been updated again since then?apparently they don't get told about any software & platform updates.
If horizon 4 rdk is loaded onto our v6 tivos it will be the 2nd half of this year. July onwards apparently. According to information I've seen on the Internet. There's scepticism of whether it's going to be rolled out. Due to this current coronavirus situation. All we can do is wait and see if our v6 receive the update in the next month or so. As virgin customer service don't have any information. Apparently they don't get told of anyway software or firmware updates. They just happen 🤔.
That ties in then with the "retirement" of all the old boxes (any that aren't Tivos or V6s) as the old boxes will only be able to get BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, Channel 4 and Channel 5 from the 1st of July. Perhaps Virgin are switching some stuff behind the scenes on the 1st July that "retire" the old boxes and enable the install of the Horizon 4 Rdk software.
I'm expecting the switch to Horizon 4 to be done throughout 2021. I do not anticipate any problem in extending the agreement with TiVo for another year, after all for TiVo it's easy money for limited effort.
The issue is then what to do with the TiVos. This isn't trivial as there's about 1.3m of them and sooner or later they will have to be replaced. One issue which many of us are aware of is that the replacement box, be it a V6 or son of V6, will not have a DOCSIS modem and there are customers whose box is in a different room to their hub (or they don't have a hub).