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YouView, you are late!

YouView which is a joint venture between broadcasters, set-top box manufacturers and broadband providers looks likely to not see the light of day until at least September 2012 now.

TalkTalk through its purchase of Tiscali a couple of years ago acquired Tiscali TV (aka HomeChoice launched in 2000), but for most including the existing TV customers that is but a distant memory, and represents a lost opportunity, as launching another IPTV based service in a market that has lots of free and also subscription services like NetFlix and LoveFilm Instant will prove a difficult task. Also with the digital switchover of the UK all but complete the window for spending on set-top boxes may have closed, with many people now content to avoid spending extra money to replace something only recently purchased. Dido Harding CEO of TalkTalk remains upbeat.

"Our triple play proposition that will feature YouView, is on track for launch during Q2 fy13 [Autumn 2012]. YouView will bring to our customers all of the 'plug-in-and-watch' simplicity of Freeview, plus the UK’s leading internet catch-up and video on-demand services…Development within the YouView team is progressing well and within TalkTalk we are making good progress on provisioning capability, as well as operational and CRM readiness to support our TV service within our existing operational structures."

TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding


It's late but it's not far away now. It misses a great chance to make an impact with the Euro Football and Olympics.

The underlying VoD infrastructure for YouView does work and powers iPlayer on BT Vision.

The fact that Talk Talk are actively trialing the service demonstrates YouView is close. I'd speculate that application tweaking, content prioritisation and payment mechanisms are still being tested.

  • TheGuv
  • over 8 years ago

It can stay late. As I stated last year 'YouView - Cos I wont'

  • m0aur
  • over 8 years ago

Just hope the bitrates are good, and it's as slick as Netflicks USA is on the PS3.

  • FlappySocks
  • over 8 years ago

Even if I went back to watching Tv, as i use netfliks and lovefilm for video entertainment now, I still would not buy a you View box. i certainly would not want one if Talk Talk got anything to do with it.

  • zyborg47
  • over 8 years ago

This is an interesting area at the moment, the Dbook specifications have recently been updated (in the Freeview HD section) to support an EPG that scrolls back in time as well as forwards, presumably to allow for catch up TV. Also the final Freesat G2 Specification should be announced soon.

  • Dave_m29
  • over 8 years ago


  • AndrueC
  • over 8 years ago

Sheesh... I thought freeview catchup was called usenet. Talktalk? Ugh! Don't think I could cope with the three hundred calls a day asking if I want to watch last weeks dancing with dogs on ice.

  • fibrebunny
  • over 8 years ago

There are already systems rolling out across europe using established standards.

YouView uses something unique to the uk and appears to be a bad case of Not Invented Here. Or is it that the BBC has spent so much money developing it, they can't afford to drop it now?

  • stoatwblr
  • over 8 years ago

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