YouView is reportedly being delayed following technical problems and 'rumoured discord' between the project partners according to the Daily Mail. The joint-venture hoped to release it's YouView set-top boxes in the first half of 2011 but this has slipped by around six months, pushing launch to late 2011 or early 2012.
YouView planned to revolutionise the on-demand TV market by providing viewers with a device they could plug in to their television and broadband connection to gain access to catch-up TV services from the UK terrestrial TV channels, including BBC iPlayer. The YouView box would also allow access to other online content such as YouTube and would help broadband providers (such as BT and TalkTalk who are project partners) offer TV services to their customers to compete with the likes of Sky.
The Mail thinks this delay is a particular blow to BT who were keen to get YouView live to bolster there current TV service, BT Vision. BT recently benefit from the legal ruling that reduced the costs that other operators have to pay Sky for access to their sport channels. If YouView had been live before the next football season, it would have potentially been a stronger selling point to help lure customers way from Sky.
Further delays to YouView are also harmful as it allows competing devices to get a hold on the market. With CES, the worlds largest consumer technology tradeshow, having just launched numerous new devices offering a 'connected-tv' service both from traditional TV manufacturers and other set-top boxes makers, YouView will be entering into a market that already has a myriad of devices, and there is a threat that YouView will end up being just another set-top box.