YouView rolls out new software update

The hybrid free to air and video on demand service YouView has announced a major software update which will bring about a range of improvements and bug fixes to the digital television service.

YouView is the hybrid freeview and video on demand service which launched in 2012

The new update is available for the Humax range of set top boxes

The new YouView software update has already been rolled out to Humax set top boxes that were launched last summer and will be rolled out to all other retail set top boxes over the next few weeks with YouView boxes from BT and TalkTalk rolled out shortly after that.

New functionality as part of the new software update includes Live TV which gives users the ability to search for programs which are on air and also available via catch up for the next 7 days.  The results appear on a ‘On Now & Next’ tab, though if users select a live programme they can either tune into the channel straight away or can set a recording on a reminder.

The new software update also supports Dolby Surround Sound through the HDMI connection, as well as other fixes to the HDMI settings that are encountered during set up.  Users can also now set their HDMI preference at 1080p, 1080i or 720p.

YouView users will be prompted to download the new software update but if the set top box is connected to the Internet the download of the new software update will happen automatically overnight to minimise disruption.

Viewers looking to download the new software update can find out more here.

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About Jane Stott

I'm Jane, a content executive at Digital TV Selector. When i'm not arguing with Ben and the rest of the team about digital TV, I can be found perusing Westfield mainly and spending my wages on things that i'll ultimately one day return as they 'make my hips look too big'. Writing for Digital TV Selector is great fun, especially when you consider how much the industry has moved in a short space of time, we went from high definition to 3DTV almost in the blink of an eye, and are already discussing where we want to be next! Over the last few years, the way we interact with digital TV has also changed, in most part due to things like Facebook and Twitter, but also through new technology such as TiVo, PVR's, Freeview and even broadband. These are amazingly fun times for digital TV and it's great to be part of such a fast moving industry!
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