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.
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.
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.
Gone are the old dark menu screens, in come transparent backgrounds which allow you to browse the EPG, flick through your recordings library and even change settings while keeping up with your chosen film or programme.
A software update will bring a new “image-rich” look to the platform which BT says will be “faster and slicker” and offer a “much more” intuitive user experience.
Sky is to pull its movie download store from YouView from the end of this month, leaving the platform’s subscription-free customers without an option to buy and watch digital downloads on their set top boxes.