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Virgin Media has teased its new set-top box, the V6, and now it's also unleashed a raft of new features for existing customers. That means your old Virgin Media TiVo box is about to get some superpowers.

These are also likely to feature in the V6, so it should be a good indication as to what to expect.

So what are they? And what do they do? Let's find out.

1 Search is getting smarter

Smart Search makes it easier to find the show or film you're looking for. Just type the first letter of the title, and it'll give you a list of suggestions so you can pick the correct one.

That should be a real help for shows with long titles like 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'.

2 You can series link across services

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This is pretty cool. It's called Series Link+, and it works just like a standard series link feature but with one notable extra.

Select a show to record, and it'll store the whole series as per standard series link. But it will also scour other services like Netflix to find any related episodes. So if only the first series of a show is available on one service, and the second on another, you won't miss any, as long as you can access both services, of course.

It stores all shows in the same place (My Shows), so you can find them all quickly and easily. Smart.

3 It'll have more images

Much like Sky Q, the TiVo update is very image-heavy. On-demand shows appear as image tiles, while there are more subtle changes too, like the fact channel names have been replaced with channel logos.

It all adds up to a much more attractive menu.

4 Continue watching comes to on-demand

Continue Watching has been available on Virgin Media for years, letting viewers pick up where they left off without missing a second. And with the update, it will also apply to anything you watch on-demand.

5 You can bookmark shows for later

Seen something you like, but fancy watching it later? There's a handy new feature for that.

All you do is bookmark a show or film and it'll be added to your My Shows folder so you can find it quickly next time. It works for programmes across all services, be they terrestrial TV, on-demand or streaming services like Netflix.

The update will roll out over the next few weeks. Your box will update automatically, so you shouldn't have to do anything.

So where does it leave Virgin? The changes are very welcome, especially considering it's been an age since Virgin Media updated its set-top box. We'll have to wait for more info on the V6 box, but it's great to see Virgin fighting back against Sky's recent dominance of the pay TV market. Game on!

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