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How do I lock Virgin TV channels?

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Stopping children from watching unsuitable programmes is just one reason to lock TV channels

There are many reasons for locking a TV channel: you’re sick of the nightly Love Island vs World Cup showdown; you’ve suddenly taken a vehement dislike to the Good Food Channel; you want to erase every trace of MUTV (for obvious reasons). Whatever the rationale, Virgin makes it easy to PIN-protect channels and hide the Adult section completely. Here’s how to do it.

Lock Virgin TV channels

  1. Press the Home button on your Virgin remote
  2. Select the Help & Settings option
  3. Enter your four-digit PIN. If you’ve never changed it, the code will be “1234” (Bletchley Park, eat your heart out)
  4. Select “Lock channels”
  5. Highlight the channels you want to lock with your PIN
  6. Press Okay on the remote
  7. Either select “Use these settings” and press Okay again or, if you’ve got a swanky V/V HD/V HD+ box, simply press Back

If you later change your mind, follow steps one to five and then select the channel you wish to unlock.

Hide the Adult section

If your kids regularly use the TV unsupervised, it makes sense to hide the Adult section in the Virgin TV Guide. Again, it’s a straightforward process…

  1. Press the Home button on your remote
  2. Select the Help & Settings option
  3. Choose Parental Controls
  4. Tap in your PIN
  5. Select Hide Adult Channels

If you have a V/V HD/V HD+ box, the process is slightly different.

  1. Press the Home button on your remote
  2. Select Settings
  3. Choose Select Locked Channels
  4. Press the yellow button on your remote

If you still want to view Adult channels afterwards, you’ll have to tune to them directly by tapping in the channel number and then entering your PIN.

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Max Figgett

Max has written for numerous websites and magazines over the years. Whether it’s about ancient hardware or software secrets, no Big Tech Question is too obscure for him to tackle.

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