The arrival of YouView on Sony’s latest TVs is a major milestone for the connected TV platform which finally has a serious and credible retail partner.
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.
In February YouView and Sony announced their tie-up which gives the TV maker access to BBC iPlayer, 4oD, ITV Player and Demand 5 and YouView’s integrated search facility which can search both upcoming TV programmes and on-demand content at the same time.
The channel is already available to Sky, Freesat and Virgin Media households and will join Freeview and YouView EPGs at channel 74 from September 1st, meaning virtually the entire UK will now be able to access its shows.
The BBC is bringing its popular iPlayer Live Restart feature, which lets viewers watch shows which have already started from the beginning, to a range of Smart TVs and connected set top boxes.
TalkTalk is offering anyone signing up to its YouView-based Plus TV package six months free access to Netflix. The package, which costs £10 per month plus line rental. includes broadband, calls and a mobile SIM as well as access to six Sky entertainment channels, including Sky One, Sky Living and Sky Arts.
The ISP launched trials of the service in December 2013, fuelling expectations that a launch would follow in 2014. Confirmation that the BT-owned ISP intended to finally launch the service came via YouView last month.
The ISP launched trials of its YouView-based TV service in December 2013 but has so far failed to follow up with a full-scale launch despite parent company BT already offering a pay-TV service based on the YouView platform.