Virgin Media has unveiled the first glimpse of its forthcoming TiVo-powered box which Pocket-lint understands to be on the back of installers' vans for initial roll-out in December. It is planned that a select number of Virgin Media customers will have the product in time for Christmas.

It is unknown at present how much the box will cost, either for the kit itself or installation, but Pocket-lint expects that to become apparent over the next couple of weeks.

The TiVo-powered service may also be available in limited numbers to begin with, as there isn't much time for the company's engineers up and down the country to install the devices before the holidays. But it is expected that availability will become much more widespread in the new year.

Other details accompanying the teaser image, which graces its own page on, merely reaffirm specifications we already know. The new set-top-box will have a 1TB hard drive for storing up to 500 hours programming, including HD and 3D content (although the latter is currently only available on pay-per-view and, therefore, not recordable at present).

It also has an internal modem so that watching online video won't come out of your current broadband usage cap or affect its speed.

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Virgin Media TiVo HD/3D 1TB box details teased