YouView set-top box unveiled

YouView promises to transform the way UK viewers consume television.

YouView, the new set top box offering subscription-free digital TV and catch-up launched yesterday. It will allow users access to 100 digital TV and radio channels, catch-up and on-demand programmes from the content libraries of Britain’s biggest names in television - ITV, BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

YouView’s electronic programme guide (EPG) gives users to scroll back seven days to catch-up on programmes they’ve missed and the easy-to-use search lets them find on-demand content by programme or even actor’s name. Features include watching in HD and recording and pausing and rewinding live TV.

YouView will be available from retailers with no further TV subscription, or from an ISP as part of a phone and broadband package.

Lord Sugar, Chairman of YouView states: “Our intention with this simple–to-use box is to provide extraordinary TV for everyone, with on-demand services combined with TV channels with an opportunity to search back an entire week to catch what they’ve missed.  It’s a whole new way of experiencing TV.”

YouView is currently being trialled in in over 2,000 in the UK and will be available in major retailers at the end of July. For more information, visit the YouView website.