Virgin Media

Virgin Media’s head of music, Richard Wheeler, gave a brief update on the media group’s planned music service at the FT’s digital media conference in central London on Wednesday.

Back in June 2009, Virgin Media and Universal Music announced a ground-breaking partnership to launch an unlimited music downloads service, on the proviso that Virgin would help Universal to catch people pirating its music on its broadband network.

But since then, the most revolutionary thing about the service has been how long it’s taken to launch. Mr Wheeler hinted that the long negotiations may finally be coming to fruition – but perhaps without the downloading element. Read more

With the UK government’s Digital Britain report due tomorrow, it’s not surprising that today has seen a crop of announcements from media companies touting their digital credentials.

Three claimed “firsts” announced today are Virgin Media’s “unlimited” music downloading partnership with Universal Music; broadcaster Five allowing full-length programmes to be embedded (YouTube-style) in third-party websites; and video streaming site Blinkbox offering pay-per-view Warner Bros movies, from the Dark Knight to Casablanca. Read more