Virgin Media has announced the first details of its upcoming TiVo-powered HD/3D set top box, which will come with a 1TB drive.

The new HD/3D set top box will launch alongside Virgin Media’s new TiVo-powered, next generation, connected TV service scheduled for later this year, and will be capable of storing up to 500 hours of content.

Powered by Virgin Media’s unique fibre optic network, the box will also feature its own dedicated internal modem which is able to deliver HD video and other online services without impacting on customers’ regular broadband connections.

Having a dig at Sky's new Sky Anytime+ service that can only stream SD quality content, Virgin Media says its new TiVo-powered service "will not only be able to deliver linear TV alongside an unbeatable instant TV on demand offering, but will also be able to support compelling online video in HD straight to customers’ TVs without having to sacrifice other online activities when in use".

"Competitors' connected TV products rely on just one central broadband connection, typically DSL, making it difficult for families to watch online TV or TV on Demand and take advantage of the internet at the same time", says the company.

Virgin Media and TiVo announced plans to join forces in November 2009 and bring TiVo to the UK. Although details are still very much thin on the ground, Virgin Media promises that more details will come in "due course".

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