Connected TV platform YouView has added a number of enhancements aimed at making the service easier to use for blind and partially sighted customers as well as those with motor skill and cognitive impairment.
A new software update introduces the option of switching from the platform’s default blue and black colour scheme to a high-contrast black and white version.
Users are also now able to switch off the mini TV box which appears in some of their box’s menus and screens.
Susie Buckridge, Director of Product at YouView said, “We want everyone across the UK to be able to enjoy their favourite TV via YouView and to do this we understand how important it is to for YouView to be accessible.
“We have worked closely with the RNIB and Scope to ensure everything we add will allow the YouView journey to be seamless and easy as possible for all of our customers.”
YouView says it will be adding further enhancements for sensory impaired users “in the next few months.”
The update also introduces a new on-screen notice, advising users of any new features added in this and subsequent software updates.
The new software update will initially be available on YouView set-top boxes purchased via retailer.
Users with YouView from BT or TalkTalk will receive the new accessibility features “in due course.”