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.
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.
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.