The speculation about a deal between the software firm TiVo and the cable TV provider Virgin Media has been confirmed by the cable company.
According to Virgin Media the new TiVo software will become available to its customers before the end of the year.
Currently there are just under four million Virgin Media cable customers, who will at some point find that their system has been upgraded with the TiVo software.
What TiVo offers is the ability to search for content through a Keyword search.
This will mean the customer is presented with a list of results according to the search terms entered into the TiVo system.
There will also be a “Wish List” for subscribers to enter a programme name in order to receive an alert when it will be available.