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.
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.
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.
BT is one of seven equal shareholders in the YouView project, alongside the BBC, ITV, Five, Channel 4, transmission firm Arqiva and TalkTalk, which it uses to provide pay-TV services under both the BT and Plusnet brands.
First launched in October 2014, the player was integrated into YouView’s backwards EPG and allowed users to easily access shows they’d missed.
Speaking at this week’s Edinburgh International Television Festival, Bushell revealed that the YouView platform underpinning BT TV will soon undergo a radical overhaul.
The channel is currently part of pay-TV packs from Virgin Media, BT and Sky but from 1 March Freeview and YouView homes will be able to watch its selection of makeover and cookery shows without subscription.