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Virgin Media customers can now access aspects of the provider's cutting-edge new TV service from their smartphones.

The firm's TV Guide smartphone app, powered by TiVo and available on the Android platform, enables customers to browse the TV guide, see what's on over the next seven days and remotely set recordings from their mobile device, all while on the go.

Customers can personalise the app by creating a list of their favourite channels, get summaries of episodes, record their favourite show or series and share what they're watching with friends and family by text or email.

Alex Green, executive director of commercial TV and online at Virgin Media, said: "We think Virgin Media's TiVo Service is the best way to watch TV and our new mobile app enhances that experience by ensuring you'll never miss recording a programme whilst out and about.

"Our TiVo service already offers the most flexible and comprehensive recording options and features, which this new service complements."

The app is available now from the Android Market Place and will soon roll out at the Apple App Store for iPhone.

It is free but data charges may apply if it is downloaded over mobile networks. The app will work on Android Operating Systems 2.1, 2.2 and 2, 3 and, when it comes to the iPhone, Apple iOS4.

Virgin Media's current broadband deals include six months' half-price broadband on several triple-play packages.

Customers taking up for the firm's 10Mb broadband, TV and phone package can currently pay just £10 for the first six months of their contract, while those signing up to Virgin Media's 30Mb broadband, TV and phone package can pay £12.50 for the first six months of their contract.

Both packages include access to 65 channels and offer unlimited weekend calls.

For those looking for more usage, Virgin Media's 50Mb broadband, TV and phone package is available for £15.75 for the first six months.

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