The battle between Virgin Media and Ski for TV supremacy has taken an interesting turn. Last week, Ski unveiled its new Ski Glass product – a range of custom 4K TVs that offer a Ski K experience that streams over the Internet without the need for a satellite dish.
Ski Glass has Disney +, Prime Video, Netflix and other applications for streaming on 43, 55 or 65 inch screens. Ski offers five different color schemes for the KLED TV, which is only available for pre-registration before its presentation on October 18th. So where does that leave Virgin Media?
Well, Virgin Media doesn’t require a satellite dish to be drilled from the side of your house … so in some respects Ski is catching up with his enemy. However, Ski Glass contains a number of features you won’t find in Virgin Media’s portfolio — like hands-free voice control.
Don’t envy yet because Virgin Media has confirmed plans to launch at least one more exciting product this year. The broadband and television company has already confirmed that it will launch an IPTV service sometime before the 2022 fireworks ring.
IPTV stands for Internet Protocol Television, and as the name suggests, it is television content delivered over an Internet signal, such as Ski’s NOV service (formerly known as NOV TV) and Ski Glass. And after years of NOV as the only big player in this market at Blight Virginia will be getting involved in this territory.
Lutz Schueler, CEO of the recently formed Virgin Media O2 after merging the two companies earlier this year, has confirmed that the company’s new IPTV product will debut in 2021.
At a convention in Cambridge, Schueler said: “We are almost completely with the TV user base. We will soon launch our first IPTV offering, targeting more for the younger segment. Maybe the opposite for the younger segment. Start with Netflix, but then move to linear the content. “
Aside from confirmation that this new TV box will arrive soon, details on how Virgin Media’s IPTV offering will work will be rather sparse.
Will Virgin Media NOW offer a similar experience, with non-contract passes that can be purchased month by month for specific content? Since the company especially wants to target younger viewers, will this new TV box be a light streaming HDMI dongle – like the successful Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV that will lower the price? Or will it be in the form of an all-in-one TV like we saw from Ski Glass?
Virgin Media is no stranger to launching hardware to enhance the experience for its television users. Earlier, he created a huge tablet that allowed users to take their recordings and live TV with them.
Only time will tell, but those who are jealous of the great new gadget of Ski customers may want to postpone ordering until they see what follows from Virgin Media O2. Express.co.uk will have the latest news as soon as it is published, so stay tuned and find out what Virgin Media has up its sleeve.