Virgin Media has signed a three-year extension to its agreement with TiVo, keeping the advanced set-top box in UK homes until at least 2018.

When Virgin’s cable operation was acquired by Liberty Global in 2013 there had initially been speculation that the operator might initially move to a version of its Horizon software. However, with an installed base of 2.5 million homes, such a suggestion appeared far fetched.

Under the new agreement Virgin has committed to the development of next-generation solutions from TiVo.

Gregor McNeil, Virgin Media’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “We’re pleased to continue our relationship with TiVo in the UK. Virgin Media continues to lead the UK market in bringing together the broadest choice of programming along with the best way to access it.”

David Sandford, VP and GM of TiVo’s International Operator Business, said: “Virgin Media has been among our most innovative customers, successfully deploying TiVo and leveraging our integration of linear, VOD and OTT content sources to create an unmatched offering in the UK. TiVo is proud to serve Virgin Media with critical solutions in a challenging and competitive landscape, helping to drive revenue growth and material gains in customer satisfaction.”

In addition to technology provided by TiVo, Virgin has added its own applications, and around it built its own TV Anywhere service.