YouView internet TV limps into action


YouView was a dream that was supposed to launch in 2010 offering a Freeview style alternative to internet TV, but the launch of the service has been hit by lengthy delays.

Complications have seen smart TVs and other platforms storm ahead in spite of YouView getting more than £6m of taxpayer’s money on top of commercial funding. One set-top box manufacturer even pulled out of the project.

Now YouView will finally start UK testing as 350 homes get the set top boxes for streaming internet TV.

The first trial users will enjoy the likes of the BBC iPlayer, Lovefilm, ITV Player, 4OD, and more. A UK wide release date is still not certain but expect it later this year.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.