Welcome to Our Site - Your Online Guide to the new YouView service and YouView Boxes
For a while now, Project Canvas has been the most talked about topic and now it has a name - YouView.
A YouView box simply connects to the internet to replace your normal Freeview or Freeview HD boxes. The YouView Box is said to be as big as when Freeview was first launched and is set to take the TV world by storm. The YouView box is co-owned by a handful of massively influential companies including TalkTalk, BT, Arqiva and TV giants ITV, Channel 4 and most importantly the BBC - All of who will be having a significant input into the development and launch of the new receiver.
New Service to Launch in July 2012.
It is official - The long awaited YouView service will launch its set top box in July. This service has been hounded by delays and negative press over the last few years but will finally be able to offer TV channels, a personal video recorder and on-demand entertainment within a single set top box.
On 4th July, Independence Day no less, the chairman Lord Alan Sugar, had a meeting with some of the biggest digital media people in the UK, including Adam Crozier from ITV and DG Mark Thompson from the BBC. Together they revealed the company's new hybrid television receiver.
The very first YouView box out on the UK market has been manufactured by Humax who have a history in creating excellent freeview receivers and recorders. Lord Sugar said that the new service is 'designed to offer a great television experience'.
The Humax box supports all the traditional Freeview channels that have been available for free for many years now. The difference is that a user can now connect the box up to their home internet connection meaning that they are able to receive the on-demand TV and radio services currently offered through Sky and Virgin. This includes all the internet TV from the BBC, ITV, Channel and Channel 5.
Where to buy Humax DTR-1000 YouView Box
On the official Youview site they have announced that the following retailers will all stock YouView Boxes:
- Richer Sounds
The initial RRP of the box is £299.
As previously reported on, there will several ways of getting your receiver:
One-off purchase, no subscription
You can simply walk into on the mentioned retailers and pay the £299 for a box. Take it home, plug it into you existing broadband connection and you'll be away.
We will feature a full price comparison tool as soon as the boxes are launched to help you find the cheapest box on the web.
18-24 month broadband/phone bundle with BT or TalkTalk
As you know two of the major partners in the You View venture are BT and TalkTalk. Both of these partners are looking at offering some subsidised You View boxes for customers who subscribe to their internet / TV bundles. We expect a large number of people to switch from Sky and Virgin onto the new system, especially those on the lower end packages that only really receive baisc freeview channels anyway. This wont help people tied into a 12 month contract with SKy/Virgin so if your renewal is up shortly be caseful about committing to one of these providers.
See What YouView is all about
The company have recently released their first promotional video. Its not known if this advert / promo clip will feature on TV but looks like some effort has gone into selling the concept before the product launch in May.
YouView will change the way you watch TV Forever
Previously known as 'Project Canvas', this project is the brilliant new subscription free set-top box and service. A simple set top Box will give viewers access to more TV programmes than ever before and help them relax and enjoy every moment in front of the TV.
• Simple TV - The all in one box
YouView brings together all the best bits of TV and Set-Top Box technology from the last decade to create the untimate viewing experience. A YouView Box brings together everything you could ever want from both your TV and in internet in one simple-to-use box. You View will be a one-stop-shop for catch-up TV, Freeview and Freeview HD, High Definition as well as acting as a PVR (personal video recorder) which enabled viewers to record, pause and rewind live TV programmes.
• Catch Up TV - Why Not Watch Yesterdays TV Today
In addition it offers viewers the ability not only to watch programmes that are currently showing now and later but a box will allow viewers to view a TV guide which goes back in time by 1 week (7 days). As a viewer it will mean that you can catch up and watch last nights shows, or even last weeks episode instantly through a 100% Free service. This type of historic TV guide has never been seen before and will bring a new dimension to your TV.
• Free TV - YouView is a subscription free service with NO monthly costs
Apart from the cost of buying the YouView Box, there is NO cost associated with the You View service. As with Freeview you do not have any monthly contract or top-up service. Once you've bought your box which will retail at around £200, you simply connect it to your Cheap LCD TV and plug in your broadband cable and your box is good to go - All for a very affordable price. For those who need more programmes there will be a massive choice of premium services which you can pay for - this will include the latest films, big sporting events and certain US drama series.
Launch is officially delayed
In an official statement is has been revealed that YouView TV will not be launched until 2012. Whilst this is sad news it is excellent for many other manufacturers who are offering great Satellite TV Deals. It is estimated that the YouView delay will give companies like Freeview, Sky and Virgin an estimated 100,000 customers in 2011.
• Not just Tv - It goes way beyond.
Following the trend set by Apple with the iPod and iPad, You View is being setup with developers in mind. The YouView system will allow people to develop apps for the TV. This will bring additional functionality to every box. As new content providers are setup and new channels launch, these programmes can be easily added to the programme guide lifting the limitations of what your Television can become.
What is a YouView Box?
YouView is the next generation of Freeview Boxes, they are backed by the BBC and offer a TV guide of the Past, Present and Future. Unlike Freeview Boxes, a YouView Box offers the view a TV guide that goes seven days back in time. They will connect into your normal broadband line and display on all modern TV's. This will give the viewer much more choice and flexibility in terms of programmes they can watch.
You View Box Release Date
We expect the You View box will be released before summer 2011 but there is no official announcement on the release data. You can be sure that YouView-Box.com will be the first to let you know as soon as it is known.
This latest YouView set top box, will look to build upon the success that Freeview have had with their free to air digital TV service. The You View Boxes will offer a subscription-free television service and similarly to Google-TV, it will offer extra choices of programmes with the ability to stream directly off the internet.
This will allow viewer to not only watch programmes that are currently broadcasting but it will also allow them to watch anything they may have missed from the previous 7 days of TV.
The recently appointed chief executive of the company, Richard Halton said in a statement:
'We think you view will change the way people watch TV forever... I think this [the new TV service and Boxes] will mean that free platforms, which have always had less content than the paid for services, will now offer an explosion of choice... it will keep Freeview, which has risked being left behind, up to date.'
Mr Halton also commented that as the CEO, he would be overseeing the release of the set-top box technical specification and standards release early next year.
In order for the digital Set Top Boxes to fully work, viewers will be required to have need access to both a broadband connection as well as a digital TV signal.
Read more About YouView in much more details and find out about when the first box wil be available.
How Will The set top box be Setup
Setting up and connecting the box will be simple. You will simply plug in your broadband cable into the YouView Box, Connect the digital TV Aerial and then plug the box into your TV. The setup will look something like this:
YouView Box FAQs
Q1. Please Explain What YouView is and What is a YouView Box?
This is the new way to receive and watch TV Programmes. The simple plug and play box will effectively replace your old Freeview / Freeview HD box. It will be just as simple to setup and use as Freeview and it will also bring you all the UK's leading internet based catch up TV services like the iPlayer and 4OD.
A you view box will be a one-stop-shop for all your programme viewing needs. As well as getting all the regular digital TV channels that you know and love, you will also be able to watch the following catch up TV services directly through your TV, with no need to go near a computer or laptop:
• BBC iPlayer
• ITV Player
• Demand Five
• Plus any more that come along.
You will be able to access all these at the touch of a button through one small and compact set top box.
This will be the first time viewers will ever have been able to look at a TV guide that not only goes forward but also backwards. This will give viewers more flexibility about when they watch their favourite TV shows and programmes. It will allow you to plan ahead better and catch up on any TV programmes that you happen to miss.. brilliant!
We already know that Hign Definition is the future so you can rest in peace knowing that every you view product will 100% support HD as well as offering a wide selection of Paid For TV channels and additional internet services, some of which will be exclusive to YouView Boxes. Similar to Freeview HD Recorders, every YouView box will have an integrated memory so you will be abel to pause, rewind and record live television at any point.
In a nut shell, you will get all the functionality offered by Freeview HD, the latest 21st Century technology and all the TV you will ever want without having to battle with complicated technology / electrical setups or any kind of paid for TV subscription service (such as Virgin or Sky). If you have more questions please check out our complete YouView Box FAQ section.
UK First To Launch Internet TV and 7 Day Historic Programme Guide
The UK television broadcasting companies - The BBC, ITV, BT, Channel 4, talk talk, Arqiva and Five have are proceeding with the Youview venture. From mid 2011 the companys plan to sell YouView set-top boxes that will enable both digital TV programs and access to on-demand services and Internet bases content.
In recent news - This could be the electronic program guide of YouView.
We know that these boxes will be sold without a contract, ISPs may also offer the boxes for free with their internet contracts. With the set-top boxes will then not only the program of the public broadcaster BBC but also the six cooperating private channels are received. Boxes are much more advanced than normal digital boxes, the YouView digital TV guide includes shows and movies of the last seven days on request and can again look at the upcoming TV Guiide as well. Furthermore, thanks to an integrated recorder it will be possible to pause TV programs or record interesting programs with just one click.
There has been a lot of hype in the news recently about complaints about YouView from pretty much all of the major paid for TV competitors who are running scared of the new YouView TV service. The likes of BskyB, Virgin and Sky all asked Ofcom to investigate. The appeal to Ofcom has since been rejected. YouView will be coming to a TV near you soon.
Pre-Order YouView Set Top Box
A question that we keep being asked is 'Can I Pre-Order a YouView Box?' At the moment it is not possible to pre-orer your Youview set top box. We expect major online retailers such as Argos and Amazon to be taking pre-order for the new boxes at the start of 2011. As soon as the first YouView Box is available to pre-order we will add a news update with a link to the pre-order website to our site.
Your Comments on the Service:
By Gill in Manchester:
The new YouView service has been described to be as a new internet connected television service that will offer a free, no subscription TV service via a set-top box.
I guess that a YouView box is really setup to compete with the premium 'paid for' TV services such as Virgin Media and Sky TV. Both Virgin and Sky will be seen as rival companies which may be hurt by the new compoetition. I expect that the new YouView TV service will make Tv a more interactive and richer viewing experience.
The YouView service will only be available once you have purchased the new set-top receiver. These boxes will give viewers access to the existing Freeview and Freeview HD channels as well as the ability to eventually browse content related websites via your TV set. This includes access to all the main catch up services provided by the BBC, ITV, Ch4 and Five.
YouView and The BBC
So how will the BBC revolutionize television with Youview?
Together with various British private broadcasters, the BBC wants YouView to establish a new standard for Internet television. The first YouView Box and the YouView platform will launch and bring the UK its first Internet television service in the first half of 2011.
YouView will to bring a digital set-top box on the market that is sold without subscription or contract. In addition to Internet service providers the boxes where appropriate, offer subsidised with Internet access. Spectators can also receive digital television broadcasts and retrieve the same time from the Internet.
The YouView Box will also be a Set Top Recorder - PVR
Youview will include an electronic program guide that shows what has already been run and what will be running soon. This will be the case for all channels including all the BBC channels - BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, BB4, BBC News etc. The program of the last seven days will always be available on demand.
The set-top boxes will be also used as a digital video recorder, allowing viewers to pause live programs or record complete series with a key press. Also, an Application Store is scheduled to be released on the new services. Read more about how the BBC and YouView partnership.
News // YouView Box Will Not Have Web Browser
Although the specific details about the soon to be released YouView box have not been officially released, in a recent announcement some brief infomration about the functionality were released. It has been confirmed by the 'project canvas' team that the box will NOT have a web browser built in by default. This is not to say that there will never be one, simply that, and we quote 'if, in time, the British public decides that's what it wants, we will be able to do it. But, for now, we've essentially built a TV experience.'.
This is interesting as having a device that connects to the internet it would be relatively simple to create a web browser. Given that developers are able to create 'Apps' for the box, this could be a interesting opportunity for a web app.
News // YouView Trademark Battle
The YouView project is now caught up in even more probelems after the application to register the "Youview" brand was rejected and now the legal wrangling will begin.
This isn't new, in fact the argument has been going since back in 2012 when a unnamed business telecoms provider opposed YouViews Applictaion.
In May this year, the Intellectual Property Office sided with the telecoms provider in certain, but not all, categories in its ruling on the application.
What this means is that they have been unable to register the brand in specific categories such as television screen-based information broadcasting, communications, broadcasting; transmission, video, still and moving images; broadcast and reception and other dissemination of audio and retrieval services and interactive broadcasting services.
On the 26th June YouView went to the high court and logged an appeal in respect of more good and software related trademarks.
It seems unlikely that the name of the company will change and we expect the legal proceedings to continue for years to come.
YouView which was formerly known as Project Canvas, has been setup to give the UK public acdcess to the next generation of TV set-top boxes - Known Collectively as YouView Boxes. The YouView Box is expected to bundle free to air TV content with digital set top box, similar to the TiVo box. The first YouView gear is believed to be hitting the shops in sprin and will be priced in the region of £150 and £300. Find out more infomration about Ofcom's decision to support YouView.