YouView the next generation Freeview service which aims to “change TV forever” has asked for more members of the public to participate in its public trial.
Last month, YouView launched a set top box, and was started to be trialled in 350 homes in the UK. The project formally known as Project Canvas has been beset by delays and problems with staff over the last few years, but the project now appears to be moving forward.
The official launch of YouView is expected to happen in the second half of this year, and the latest trial intends to bring the service to 2,000 homes in the UK as users test the hardware and software on the YouView service.
YouView is backed by a number of different companies including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, TalkTalk, BT and Arquiva. However there have been concerns that the digital television service would never launch in the UK, whilst YouView hopes that its digital television service will appeal to customers who do not want a subscription service such as Virgin Media or Sky.
More recently Lord Alan Sugar was installed as chairman of the project as YouView tried desperately to get the project back on track, and with the announcement of this latest trial it would appear that the digital television service is now closer to a formal launch.
The new digital television service aims to deliver subscription free TV, catch up services, and on demand services through one set top box. It is expected that YouView set top boxes will retail for around £200 when they officially launch.
YouView said “With a host of fantastic content from digital TV channels as well as on-demand services such as BBC iPlayer, 4OD, Demand 5 and ITV Player on offer, YouView will also allow viewers to scroll back to catch up on their favourite TV, search with their remote control and record, rewind, pause and watch in HD”
Users who are interested can register for the YouView beta on the YouView website, and if selected users will be sent a YouView set top box and asked to give regular feedback on the service.
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