YouView set top box set to finally launch

The next generation Freeview service with video on demand YouView is set to finally launch a brand new set top box which will give users access to digital TV channels, a PVR, and video on demand service.

Youview have finally launched a brand new set top box from the set top box manufacturer Humax

Humax has developed the first ever YouView set top box

The new YouView set top box has been created by set top box manufacturer Humax, and was unveiled today by Lord Alan Sugar and other media names including ITV’s Adam Crozier, and BBC Director General Mark Thompson.

Humax’s new YouView set top box offers all of the main Freeview TV and radio channels, whilst it can also be connected to the internet in order to offer video on demand services such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, Channel 5’s video on demand service and 4OD.

Speaking at the launch, Lord Sugar said that the new set top box from Humax was just a ‘carcass’ and allowed the YouView service to be fully scalable in the future, with additional free slots for additional content services including STV Player, and Now TV the brand new video on demand service that has recently been announced by Sky.

YouView is also keen to recruit other content providers with 300 companies getting in touch with the brand new digital television provider in order to try and offer content through the YouView service.

There are also rumours that many of the backers of the service such as TalkTalk and BT will also offer their TalkTalk TV and BT Vision digital television services through the new YouView set top box, and internet service providers could also offer the new Humax set top box alongside their broadband services.

Lord Sugar hailed the launch of YouView as a British innovation, and not something “made in California”, whilst he also described the new launch as a “great moment” for television.  The target market for the new set top box is the 15 million Freeview viewers in the UK who do not want a pay TV service.

The new box will retail for around £299 in major high street and online retailers including Argos, Curry’s and Amazon.

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About Ben Hargreaves

Hi, i'm Ben, i'm the head editor of content at Digital TV Selector and have worked within the telecommuications industry for nearly 8 years now. I've been particularly interested in the way digital television has evolved over the last decade or so, with the advent of video on demand, 3D and the interations that we make with social media whilst watching digital TV too. With so much competition, its interesting to see that content is becoming the king, and digital TV providers are continuing to bring in customers with a wide array of sports, movies and entertainment shows. When we are not talking (or writing about) digital TV at DTVS towers, I can be found wine tasting and cycling in my spare time!
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