Virgin Media launches Video Relay Service
New service helps Deaf customers get in touch
Virgin Media has launched its new Video Relay Service, helping Deaf customers get the most out of their next generation broadband, TV and phone services.
The innovative video service connects customers to an online, fully qualified sign language interpreter with just one click. The interpreter will then communicate with Virgin Media’s customer contact teams in real time and help ensure all Virgin Media customers can fully enjoy their communications and entertainment services.
Paul Buttery, Virgin Media’s Chief Customer, Technology and Networks Officer, said, “We’re committed to making all our products and services accessible to all of our customers, whatever their needs. Our new Video Relay Service is simple and easy to use and, with comprehensive deaf awareness training for our customer teams, we’re excited to start taking our new video relay calls.”
Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said, “Video relay services can make a real difference to people who are deaf. Virgin Media is bringing the help that many of us take for granted to even more people.
“I have been pressing companies to consider VRS as part of their contact strategies for their customers and I congratulate Virgin for providing VRS. I hope other firms follow their lead.”
Virgin Media has worked with Sign Solutions to provide the Video Relay Service. Sign Solutions is a leading BSL/English Interpreter centre with over 15 years’ experience.
Sean Nicholson, CEO of Sign Solutions, said, “Virgin Media is using technology to become more inclusive, helping customers lead an independent digital life. This is an important step forward and will transform the customer experience for many people.”
Virgin Media’s Deaf customers simply need to visit virginmedia.com, click on the sign language interpreter icon and download a plug-in to use the new Video Relay Service. Sign language interpreters will be available every week day with a video message call back option for any other times.
Users will need a computer with video capability and a broadband connection. Any calls using Virgin Media’s new Video Relay Service will be free of charge.
Virgin Media has undertaken a comprehensive review of the accessibility of its products and services in consultation with pan-disability organisations, staff, customers and industry partners. The new Video Relay Service builds on an existing Text Relay Service and a customer web chat channel [launched last year] with over 8,000 customers using it each month.
Virgin Media is the first provider of all four broadband, TV, mobile phone and home phone services in the UK.
The company’s cable network – the result of multi-billion pound private investment – delivers ultrafast broadband to over half of all UK homes, with speeds of up to 152Mb, as well as market leading connectivity to thousands of public and private sector organisations across the country.
Virgin Media has developed the most advanced interactive television service, bringing together broadcast TV, thousands of hours of on demand programming and the best of the web in a single set-top box powered by TiVo. The company was the first to offer HD TV and 3D on demand to millions of British households.
The world’s first virtual mobile network was launched by Virgin Media and it is also one of the largest fixed-line home phone providers in the country.
Virgin Media is a part of Liberty Global plc, the world’s largest international cable company. Together Virgin Media and Liberty Global serve 24 million customers across 14 countries, helping connect people to the digital world and enabling them to discover and experience its endless possibilities.
For more information, visit www.virginmedia.com