YouView, the on-demand TV service that will offer viewers access to BBC iPlayer and other content through a set-top box connected to a television, yesterday released the final core technical specification for manufacturers building YouView devices to conform to. It details the technologies used and needed to deliver broadcast TV and on-demand IP based content to a TV from a broadband enabled device, and enable manufacturers to build compatible devices. The Digital TV Group (DTG), who are made up of over 140 organisations involved in TV, will be pleased to read that the YouView documents makes reference to the 'D-Book 7' specification which brings in Connected TV standards to help ensure that industry develops devices that are interoperable. The group previously spoke of concern about lack of industry involvement from YouView.
"We're delighted to confirm the final launch specification for YouView to help any manufacturer develop a connected TV device. Through promoting common technical standards for connected TV, consumers will get the widest possible range of devices supporting high quality content."Richard Halton, (CEO) YouView
New device partners have also been announced which include Huawei, Manhattan, Pace and Vestel who will join existing partners Cisco, Humax and Technicolor who have already committed to developing the set-top box hardware.
YouView is already behind schedule and was expected to be launched this year but has been pushed back to 'early 2012' which has been blamed on the "significant technological innovation" required for the project.