YouView - the wonderchild of Freeview and OD

Bitterwallet - YouViewWe've talked about Project Canvas in the past, a new television delivery system supported by major telecommunication players, including the BBC, ITV, BT, Talk Talk and others besides.

Today the product was officially unveiled as YouView, and is likely to become available from early next year.

YouView will essentially be a Freeview box with a broadband connection, meaning it will deliver digital TV channels along with On Demand services - BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD, SeeSaw and so on - as well as pay-TV channels and the ability to record, rewind and pause live television. No subscription or pay plans will be required - you only need to buy the YouView box when it becomes available next year.

One more reason YouViews is going about business differently - it's an open platform for developers. YouView wants their product to be supported by applications that can bring more content to the end user - which means anything from radio stations to social networks, YouTube and, we imagine, yankee doodle.


  • Paul C.
    This is an interersting prospect from the point of view of OFCOM. Now they regulate UK broadcasting but unlike the (pointless) ASA, they have no jurisdiction over web content as it is not convered in their Broadcasting code remit. It will be interesting to see how material from On Demand services will tie into tradtiional broadcasters on the digital platform - and by interesting I mean the pornographers who will obviously generate large revenue streams for the device and it would be silly if they were excluded from providing third party apps for it. Taking into account the stringency of our censorship with regards to sex on tv, I can definitely see boundaries being pushed and laws being flaunted. Perhaps some real penetration or sordid urolagnia.
  • hju
    both asa and ofcom are shite yankee doodle, fuck yeah!
  • Another A.
    Hopefully it'll also be able to receive desktop streams, thus wiping out any chance of Apple TV penetrating the UK market
  • ShakesHeadSadly
    If this has FreeviewHD, I'll be first in line.
  • hju
    apple tv, fuck no!
  • PokeHerPete
    ...but you can control your Apple TV with your iPod/iPhone for added smug cuntness
  • foxy l.
    Will there be any wildlife documentaries.
  • Junkyard
    But I already control my media centre with an Android phone, and I'm definitely a cunt.

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