Virgin Media will bring its TV Anywhere catch-up service to a large number of Android devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One (M8) later this week.
The service, which lets Virgin Media TiVo subscribers watch shows and manage recordings on the go, is currently available on 31 devices including the Galaxy S4, Xperia Z1 and HTC One.
Virgin TV Go is the clever app that lets you watch telly on your mobile or tablet, and is available at no extra cost to all our Virgin TV customers. It’s perfect for sneaking in a few episodes of your favourite Box Set on the go. The Sky Go app is available for all Sky TV customers at no extra cost, so you can watch Sky on the go on your mobile, tablet or laptop. Simply download and sign into the app with your Sky iD or Virgin Media login details. Apple devices need to be running iOS 9 software or later. If you don't have Sky TV, you can pay Apple £4.99 / €6.99 per month. Whip together your personal channel line-up with Virgin TV Go. Create your own tailormade TV Guide by simply dragging and dropping in your favourite channels.
The cable broadband and TV provider will update the Android app, allowing more subscribers to access their favourite shows on the go.
A Virgin Media spokesperson explained that while more phones and tablets would be able to make use of Virgin TV Anywhere, the devices listed below will not be fully supported from launch.
The spokesperson said: “We are always looking at new ways to make Virgin TV Anywhere available to more customers on more devices. Later this week, the most comprehensive entertainment-anywhere service of its kind will be enabled for another 25 smartphones and tablets.
“Due to the volume of Android devices in the market, these have not gone through extensive testing to be classified as “supported”. However, if customers experience any issues they can head over to the Virgin Media Community at community.virginmedia.com.”
The devices are:
|Samsung Galaxy S5||Sony Xperia M||HTC Desire HD||Lenovo Ideatab A1000||LG G2|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (all versions)||HTC One (M8)||Motorola Moto X||Lenovo Ideatab S6000||LG GPad 8.3|
|Sony Xperia Z2||HTC One Mini||Motorola RAZR I||Barnes and Noble Nook HD||Samsung Galaxy NotePRO12.2 (all versions)|
|Sony Xperia M2||HTC Sensation||Motorola Xoom 2||Barnes and Noble Nook HD+||Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (new variants)|
|Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet||HTC One Max||Motorola Xoom ME||Huawei Ascend Y300||Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2|
Currently, while 31 Android devices are fully supported, a further 24 are able to download and use the TV Anywhere app. A full list is available here.
Virgin TV Anywhere will be available on 80 smartphones and tablets once the additional 25 are enabled this week.
In terms of supported devices, this puts it ahead of Sky Go, Sky’s mobile catch-up service which is available on over 50 iOS and Android devices.
Does Sky Go Work With Virgin Media
Sky, Virgin Media and the BBC all have run in to delays when it comes to supporting the many Android devices out there – Sky has since developed a separate tablet app for its customers while the BBC had to employ three times as many people to work on iPlayer for Android in order to bring it up to speed with its iOS counterpart.
Currently, Virgin TV Anywhere lets subscribers access up to 68 channels on mobile devices, including ITV, CITV, Channel 5 and BT Sport.
The desktop version of Virgin TV Anywhere – available to TiVo and non-TiVo customers alike – lets you stream content from up to 91 channels on your desktop or laptop.
As well as this, Recombu also spoke to John O’Dwyer, senior manager of multi screen products for Virgin Media who said that TV Anywhere support for Xbox One has been moved further down the pipeline in favour of Android devices.
O’Dwyer said: “We’re doing a lot of work on increasing coverage of Android devices. When we launched we started very low. We’re now multiplying that and we’re exploding [onto Android] rolling out to loads more of the popular Android devices.”
When we asked about support for other mobile platforms like Windows Phone and BlackBerry, O’Dwyer said that this wasn’t on the immediate horizon.
In this post, we will discuss everything you need to know about Chromecast Virgin TV Go to your TV. Let’s get started!
Virgin Media is quite popular for its cellular, broadband, and pay-TV services in the United Kingdom. Alongside Sky and BT, Virgin Media is one of the largest competitive television providers in the British market, with millions of digital cable subscribers.
Similar to Sky and BT, Virgin Media also offers a complimentary online live TV and on-demand service named Virgin TV Go. It gives you access to 80+ channels (including the ones from Sky) and thousands of on-demand TV shows, movies, and box sets. All you need is an active Virgin TV subscription and stable Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity to access the service on the go.
If you are a Virgin TV subscriber, then you probably have known about this app before. It’s excellent for watching live TV channels and on-demand content on your smartphone or tablet when you are not at home. But, what about streaming the same content on a bigger screen? Is it possible to cast Virgin TV Go streams to a Chromecast?
In this guide, you will find the answers to your questions about Virgin TV Go and whether you can cast the streams on a Chromecast device or not.
Can you Chromecast Virgin TV Go Content?
Sadly, the Virgin TV Go app doesn’t officially support the casting feature, which means you won’t be able to watch your favorite channels and on-demand shows on a bigger screen over Chromecast or any other media streaming players.
The real reason behind the exclusion of the casting feature is streaming rights and licensing agreements with third-party networks, which is a common practice for dozens of other streaming services in the UK, such as Sky Go.
However, there’s a reliable workaround to this issue, and you can rely on it to watch Virgin TV Go on your television over Chromecast. It isn’t the best option in terms of intuitiveness and stream quality, but it still is the only viable method you can follow to cast content from the Virgin TV Go app to a Chromecast device.
Cast Virgin TV Go to Chromecast from a PC / Laptop
The Virgin TV Go app is available for Android, iOS, and Windows 10 devices. If you want to cast Virgin TV content to a Chromecast device, then you will require to have Windows 10 installed on your PC or laptop.
Assuming that you use Windows 10 on a daily basis, click this link to the Microsoft Store and download the Virgin TV Go app on your computer. You must log in to the app with your Virgin Media account.
Since the Virgin TV Go app doesn’t officially support Chromecast, you will also need Google Chrome for the alternative process to work. You can install it on your PC or laptop from google.com/chrome.
Before you proceed to follow the steps below, confirm that your Chromecast device and PC/laptop is connected to the same Wi-Fi hotspot or LAN connection. Otherwise, the process won’t work at all. The process goes as follows:
- First, open up a fresh Chrome window, then launch the Virgin TV Go app on your PC or laptop.
- Log in with your Virgin Media account if you haven’t already done it before.
- Once you are logged in, choose your preferred live TV channel or on-demand content to playback in the Virgin TV Go app, then go back to the Chrome window.
- Next, click the vertical three-dot menu icon at the right end of the navigation bar and choose the Cast… option from the drop-down list.
- Now select Sources in the following window and choose Cast desktop from the options.
- Finally, click the name of your Chromecast device in the list click Share to cast the desktop screen over to your TV.
If the steps have been followed correctly, then you should be able to see the entire desktop on your TV over a Chromecast connection. You can then minimize the Chrome window and return to the Virgin TV Go app to stream your favorite live TV channels and binge-watch box sets on your big screen.
In case the playback is choppy or showing artifacts, make sure that your devices are getting the best possible connectivity in your home network. To watch Virgin TV Go streams smoothly at the highest quality possible, you will need a minimum of 10Mb/s internet bandwidth to spare. Also, keep your expectations low as this workaround isn’t guaranteed to deliver optimal video and sound quality in most instances.
If the Virgin TV Go app for Windows 10 doesn’t work for you, then you can also visit virgintvgo.virginmedia.com (web version of Virgin TV Go) from Chrome and repeat the steps once again.
Alternative Method: Use HDMI to watch Virgin TV Go on your TV
If you already own a PC or laptop, then you shouldn’t really bother following all the steps above to cast the desktop screen to your Chromecast device for watching Virgin TV Go’s live and on-demand content, unless you don’t have any other choice.
Most desktops and laptops come with an HDMI port, and so do all the TVs and monitors from the last decade. You can buy an HDMI cable for cheap and connect your computer directly to your TV. It provides not only better image quality than Chromecast streams but also passes uncompressed audio to your TV through the same interface. It’s also reliable and mostly a plug-and-play solution.
If you want to use your smartphone to watch Virgin TV Go to TV, then your options are quite limited. Due to the DRM restrictions on the Android version of the Virgin TV Go app, mirroring the streams on the Chromecast will only show a blank screen.
Sky Go App Virgin Media Network
The same goes for iPhones, albeit it requires users to install third-party apps just to mirror the iOS screen on a Chromecast device, adding extra problems on top.
However, many users had luck with using Samsung DeX, which is a feature found on Samsung’s mid-range and flagship devices. With Samsung DeX, you get a full-view desktop interface when you connect a supported Samsung device to a TV or monitor using a USB-C to HDMI adapter.
Virgin Go App
If you have a DeX-compatible Samsung device, then you can get the Virgin TV Go app working in DeX mode and stream the content directly on a bigger screen.
However, note that you won’t be able to use your Samsung phone normally when using Virgin TV Go in DeX mode, as it has to be connected to the USB-C to HDMI adapter for the rest of the streaming session.
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Watching Virgin TV Go on TV: What’s the Best Option?
As we mentioned it several times in this guide, Chromecast isn’t officially supported by the Virgin TV Go app for several reasons. While you can follow our workaround to get Virgin TV Go streams mirrored to a Chromecast, it’s best if you use an HDMI cable instead to connect your computer to your TV for the same purpose.
Compared to the Chromecast solution, it offers marginally better video and audio quality, zero latency and lip-sync issues, and saves you from the hassle of network troubleshooting.
In case Virgin Media decides to add Chromecast support to their Virgin TV Go app in the near future, we definitely will update this guide with newer information.