Launched in 2012, YouView provides access to free-to-air channels over a standard aerial alongside access to the UK’s most popular catch-up and video on demand services, such as iPlayer and ITV Hub.
YouView combines traditional aerial received channels such as BBC One and ITV, with broadband delivered on-demand and catch-up content, plus additional pay channels from BT and TalkTalk.
Unveiled last year, the software has already been downloaded to many TalkTalk supplied boxes and those purchased from retailers, as well as BT’s non-recording zapper boxes.
The player also brings together collections of specially curated themes as well as viewer chosen favourites, as well as an all-new predictive search facility.
To make logging in easy to use, the BBC has adopted a ‘Pin and Pair’ system where the user logs in on their computer or tablet and then enters a PIN displayed on their set top box to authorise its access to their BBC account.
Over the past year the low-cost broadband and TV provider has seen a steady flow of departures from what was once claimed to be the UK’s third largest pay-TV platform.
The company’s original TV service launched in 2006 and provided customers with a Windows CE powered set top box able to receive and record Freeview channels as well as providing access to a range of subscription and pay per view on-demand content.
Pulling together a range of content from Sony Pictures Television’s POP, Tiny Pop and KIX channels, the player will offer seven day catch-up with scroll back and search functionality.