If the TV isn't turned on, then one button press on the virgin remote will not achieve anything.
So to ensure an individual doesn't by any chance turn off the TIVO/V6 box when a recording is in progress, then just an individually coloured light (not red nor white) would be a recommendation that Virgin should make available on the machines.
What would you be doing fully turning off the V6 box?
My practice is to always put my V6 into standby mode when I'm not watching TV. If it records or doesn't record in standby is of no consequence. In order to watch TV I take the V6 out of standby and can easily check to see if anything's been recorded. To put it another way the V6 is never powered off, and why would I want to do that when EPG and other updates typically take place in the early hours of the morning or there are recordings due to be done at varying times.
The only problem I had with the LED was that it was too bright, so two small pieces of masking tape take stuck over it was a cheap and effective solution.
just a shame (and big backward step, as someone said, like going back to the 1990's) ... to not have any LED indicators, and be forced to turn on the TV, tune into the Virgin box, then pull V6 out of standby before you can press another button see if something is recording or not.. then turn it all off again.
if the phone app worked, it might be a alternative, but never had much joy with it... again, all of this is solved with a simple (small) LED indicator
again .. everyone seems to forget that pressing my shows requires the TV to be on, tuned into the V6 box first... an LED would save all of that.. again, why go backwards with design function. they could retrofit that with a software change.
What would you be doing fully turning off the V6 box?"
You obviously didn't experience the V53 error where all channels were down yesterday evening. So I had a need to switch off then reboot the box.
Now what better reason could there have been for needing a light to inform that a recording was taking place!
That doesn't make any sense. If you knew all channels were down then presumably you already had the V6 on? In which case one button press would tell you it was recording. And if it's the same fault I'm thinking of then it didn't record the first 15 minutes of Gogglebox because of the fault anyway.