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YouView promises free internet-connected TV

Project Canvas partners unveil YouView TV Ltd

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Newly created company YouView is set to change the way we watch TV with the launch of video-on-demand services via web-connected TVs as early as next year.

YouView is the 100-strong company resulting from the Project Canvas partnership, which includes broadcast and satellite heavyweights the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, TalkTalk, BT, Arqiva, Channel 5, Freeview and Freesat.

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YouView set top box will launch next year

From next year, YouView will begin selling a subscription-free YouView set-top box, which will plug into your broadband internet connection as well as your TV.

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Using a YouView box, viewers will be able to watch their favourite digital TV channels as well as catch up on the last seven days’ television programmes.

The set-top boxes will include Personal Video Recorder (PVR) functionality allowing viewers to pause live TV or record an entire series at the touch of a button.

It will also include a YouView programme guide that goes backwards as well as forwards so that people can see what’s on at the time as well as the TV programmes they’ve missed over the past week.

It will include programmes from broadcasters including the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 and Five.

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YouView viewers will also be able to search programmes by genre, interest or locality, including films, sports and new content from the internet.

It will also see the launch of a range of on-demand services.

‘I think it [YouView] will change the way we watch TV forever,’ said Richard Halton, the newly appointed CEO of YouView.

One-off fee for YouView set top box

YouView set-top boxes will be available for a one-off fee, with no contract and could also come included as part of people’s broadband packages.

To get the full range of on-demand and interactive services, viewers will need a broadband connection from their chosen internet service provider.

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