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YouView set for delays
Monday 17 January 2011 14:57:35 by John Hunt

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.


Posted by krazykizza over 6 years ago
You can do pretty much the same on a PS3 now. Now it includes ITV, Channel 4, BBC and STV. Not to mention adobe player so you can search and view web clips in browser directly on your tv screen.
Posted by dmarchant over 6 years ago
I won't be too concerned until I can get an ADSL connection capable of streaming a basic video service. 1.8Mb/s just isn't enough for these sorts of services and will hold back widespread take up of YouTube etc.
Posted by TGVrecord over 6 years ago
YouView discord! YouForcast failure?
Posted by amforbes over 6 years ago
Not bothered don't even have a connection fast enough to use tv on demand anyway.
Posted by m0aur over 6 years ago
As far as I can see, You('Cos I Won't)View is dead in the water. I can't see any silly box competing with the web connect PC I have hooked up to my lounge TV.
Posted by TGVrecord over 6 years ago
The box would have to be dirt cheap or have YouView as a subsidiary function. For example a set up receiver with integrated Internet and YouView. If I wanted internet access I would prefer a HTPC.
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