BT to introduce ‘next generation’ YouView service

BT Youview+ plusBT is due to introduce a ‘next generation’ YouView service in the coming months, while a refreshed BT TV App is due out next year.

The updates are designed to make it easier for users to manage their recordings and stream live and on-demand programmes on mobile devices.

Included is a new image-rich user experience, easy access to channels and on-demand content, and a “seamless TV experience in and out of the home”.

The new-look BT TV on-screen guide and TV app will be provided as free upgrades across all of BT TV’s packages and will be available during early 2017. The new app will launch next summer.

BT also plans to be the first UK broadcaster to launch Dolby Atmos sound, adding it to its BT Sport 4K UHD TV packages in January, and will start showing boxing on Saturday nights from early 2017 in a new partnership with BoxNation.

“In 2017 we’re going to further shake up the market by releasing our new viewing experience across our TV guide and on demand, our new TV app and on our BT Sport channels, provided as a free upgrade for our customers,” said Delia Bushell, managing director of BT TV and BT Sport.

“Our expanding list of sports rights will now include BoxNation and access to boxing world title bouts, all included in the price of the BT Sport subscription.”