YouView, the company looking to marry the Internet with the television through an on-demand set-top box have published their 'user interface and search policy' consultation to industry today which details how content displayed through their open standards system will be displayed to viewers. YouView, which has been quite long in the making, are setting up a standards compliant open platform that will allow content providers to get content out to customers through a standard set-top box that plugs in to the viewers television and Internet connection. All the UK terrestrial channels are on-board with the system and have provided funding. Their catch-up TV services, such as the BBC iPlayer will be made available on YouView.
The company were originally scheduled to launch in the first half of 2011 with partners including BT and TalkTalk who would use the service to beef up their ability to provide quad-play bundles, allowing stronger competition with Sky and Virgin. YouView is now on track for an early 2012 launch.
The industry consultation on the User Interface and Search Policy closes on the 4th of November.