How do I use search on Virgin Media TV?

Last updated: March 19, 2018

Now that the TV you love is hiding all over the place (on live TV, in Box Sets, on Catch Up or even in Netflix), you need a clever way to search the lot. Luckily your Virgin TV box does just that!

Select your Virgin TV box to find out more. Not all options are available on all Virgin TV boxes.



   

Virgin TV V6, powered by TIVO

Discover TV & Movies

Discover new shows and films by genre such as Comedy, Drama and Kids updated every week. And Pick of the Week includes topical content that we think you’ll enjoy.

Want to know how to discover new shows on your TiVo box? Check out our handy video.

From the Home screen just choose Search & Discover then Discover TV & Movies

What to Watch Now

If you’re struggling to find something to watch immediately, What to Watch Now can help. You can choose from Popular TV, Sport, Movies and Kids for some great ideas for what’s on right now from your subscribed channels. Just go to What to Watch Now from Search & Discover.

Need more options, we’ve got you covered:

Want to know how to search for shows on your Virgin TV V6 box? Check out our handy video.

Search by title or name

Your Virgin TV V6 box searches live TV, Catch Up, Box Sets and Netflix.

  1. Press  on your remote
  2. Type in the show, movie or actor you’d like using the on-screen keypad or the number buttons on your remote
  3. When you see what you’re searching for, use  to move into the search results. Then highlight the one you want and press to select it
  4. Select Get this show to watch it if it is available from live TV or On Demand, to record the next showing or set up a Series Link+ which will record the whole series

Search Catch Up and On Demand Only

Know what you’re looking for?

If you know the show you want to watch is available in Catch Up or On Demand, here's how to find it faster:

  1. Press Home on your remote
  2. Go to On Demand > Search. Or to search Catch Up, go Catch Up > Search
  3. Then type in what you're looking for, using the on-screen keypad or your remote control's number buttons
  4. When you see it, use to move to the search results, highlight the one you want, and press to select it
  5. If Virgin TV V6 box doesn’t find what you’re looking for you will be given the option to Search All for...

Search tips

  • Download our clever Virgin TV Control app onto any compatible device - mobile or tablet and you can turn it into a smart remote. Use your device's QWERTY keyboard to make searching a cinch. Plus you can be searching on your device while everyone else is watching TV. And when you've found something you want to watch, select to play it on your TV from your device. Magic!
  • If the actor or director name you’re looking for isn’t listed, you can still search for them. Just enter the name like this: Last Name, First Name. Make sure the name is spelt correctly, with a comma separating it
  • Replace hyphens (–), slashes (/) and full stops (.) with spaces
  • You don’t need to use apostrophes (‘) and ampersands (&). E.g. Searching for 6 oclock news will still pick up the 6 O’clock News

When you’re looking at search results or recommendations, if you see programmes that are greyed out, these aren’t in the package you subscribe to.

Want to know how to setup Wishlists for shows on your Virgin TV V6 box? Check out our handy video.

Create a Wishlist

If the actor, director or subject you’re looking for isn’t listed in your search results, create a WishList. A WishList will automatically record any shows that match your search.

How to set up a WishList search:

  1. Press Home on your remote
  2. Select Search & Discover
  3. Select My WishList Searches
  4. Select Create a new WishList Search
  5. You can now choose the things you’d like to search by. Search by one or all of these: keyword, title keyword, actor, director, category
  6. Once you’re happy with the search you’ve set up, choose Finished creating this WishList Search
  7. Your Virgin TV V6 box will automatically record anything that matches your WishList search
  8. You can also see a list of the programmes that match your search and are showing within the next two weeks by going to Upcoming

To watch any of the shows recorded by the WishList, just go to My Shows.

Edit or delete a WishList

You can change an existing WishList, to correct a spelling for example, or delete a WishList completely anytime.

To do this:

  1. Press Home on your remote
  2. Select Search & Discover
  3. Select My WishList Searches and choose an existing search to edit or delete


 

TIVO

Discover TV & Movies

Discover new shows and films by genre such as Comedy, Drama and Kids updated every week. And Pick of the Week includes topical content that we think you’ll enjoy.

Want to know how to discover new shows on your TiVo box? Check out our handy video.

From the Home screen just choose Search & Discover then Discover TV & Movies

What to Watch Now

If you’re struggling to find something to watch immediately, What to Watch Now can help. You can choose from Popular TV, Sport, Movies and Kids for some great ideas for what’s on right now from your subscribed channels. Just go to What to Watch Now from Search & Discover.

Need more options, we’ve got you covered:

Want to know how to search for shows on your Virgin TV V6 box? Check out our handy video.

Search by title or name

Your TiVo box searches live TV, Catch Up, Box Sets and Netflix.

  1. Press Home on your remote
  2. Select Search & Discover
  3. Select Search
  4. There are a couple of different ways you can type in what you’re looking for
  5. Either use the on-screen keypad. Or use the number buttons on your remote
  6. When you see what you’re searching for, use to move into the search results. Then highlight the one you want and press to select it
  7. Select Get this show to watch it if it is available from live TV or On Demand, to record the next showing or set up a Series Link+, which will record the whole series

Search Catch Up and On Demand Only

Know what you’re looking for?

If you know the show you want to watch is available in Catch Up or On Demand, here's how to find it faster:

  1. Press Home on your remote
  2. Go to On Demand > Search. Or to search Catch Up, go Catch Up > Search
  3. Then type in what you're looking for, using the on-screen keypad or your remote control's number buttons
  4. When you see it, use to move to the search results, highlight the one you want, and press to select it
  5. If TiVo doesn’t find what you’re looking for you will be given the option to Search All for...

Search tips

  • Download our clever Virgin TV Control app onto any compatible device - mobile or tablet and you can turn it into a smart remote. Use your device's QWERTY keyboard to make searching a cinch. Plus you can be searching on your device while everyone else is watching TV. And when you've found something you want to watch, select to play it on your TV from your device. Magic!
  • If the actor or director name you’re looking for isn’t listed, you can still search for them. Just enter the name like this: Last Name, First Name. Make sure the name is spelt correctly, with a comma separating it
  • Replace hyphens (–), slashes (/) and full stops (.) with spaces
  • You don’t need to use apostrophes (‘) and ampersands (&). E.g. Searching for 6 oclock news will still pick up the 6 O’clock News

When you’re looking at search results or recommendations, if you see programmes that are greyed out, these aren’t in the package you subscribe to.

Create a Wishlist

If the actor, director or subject you’re looking for isn’t listed in your search results, create a WishList. A WishList will automatically record any shows that match your search.

How to set up a WishList search:

  1. Press Home on your remote
  2. Select Search & Discover
  3. Select My WishList Searches
  4. Select Create a new WishList Search
  5. You can now choose the things you’d like to search by. Search by one or all of these: keyword, title keyword, actor, director, category.
  6. Once you’re happy with the search you’ve set up, choose Finished creating this WishList Search
  7. Your TiVo box will automatically record anything that matches your WishList search
  8. You can also see a list of the programmes that match your search and are showing within the next two weeks by going to Upcoming

To watch any of the shows recorded by the WishList, just go to My Shows.

Edit or delete a WishList

You can change an existing WishList, to correct a spelling for example, or delete a WishList completely anytime.

To do this:

  1. Press Home on your remote
  2. Select Search & Discover
  3. Select My WishList Searches and choose an existing search to edit or delete

   

V/ V HD / V+ HD

To search for a specific programme using the TV menu:

  1. Press Home on your remote control
  2. Select one of the menu items for our On Demand listings
    • Catch up TV
    • Movies
    • TV
    • Music
    • Sports
    • More On Demand
    • Live Rentals
    • Your Rentals
  3. Select Search

Searching for specific programmes

To do this:

  1. Use the remote control keypad to enter the letters of the programme you want to find (e.g. East) and press OK
  2. To select a programme, use the up and down arrows to move through the results list, then press OK to view the one you highlight
Search Tips
  • If you want to find out more information on a highlighted programme, press the i button on your remote control
  • Selecting OK when a programme is highlighted will set a reminder if you are using a V or V HD box. If you are in the TV Guide area and have a V+ HD box, you can also set a recording using the Record button as well as record the whole series. Do this using the yellow button
  • By using the left and right arrows you can select the area of our service that you would like to search in - either in our On Demand areas like Movies or Catch Up TV, or in the normal broadcast channels that you’ll find in our TV Guide. These are shown underneath the Search box
  • Use Search to find content for the next 24 hours if you’re using a V or V HD Box, or eight days if you’re using one of our V+ HD boxes

Searching for recommendations

Another way to search programmes is by pressing the Blue button on your remote control. This will show you ‘More Like This’ - recommendations based on the programme you’ve highlighted.

When you first go into search or start a search, the screen will show a choice of six recommendations for you to choose from.

  • Use the arrow keys to move around the screen. Select OK to view. Your selection will be highlighted with a yellow bar
  • You can move the cursor over any of the recommendations to watch a programme, set a reminder, or record
  • If you want to find out more about a highlighted programme, just press the i button on your remote control
  • Want more recommendations? Press the Blue button to see More like this - recommendations similar to the programme you selected

When you’re looking at search results or recommendations, if you see programmes that are greyed out, these aren’t in the package you subscribe to.

If you want to view these, just give our team a call on 150 from your Virgin Media phone or mobile, or 0345 454 1111* from any other phone.

*For details about how much it costs to call our team from a Virgin Media home phone, visit virginmedia.com/callcosts. Call costs from other networks and mobiles vary.


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