BT unveils new-look TV app

BT has launched a new-look BT TV app for smartphones and tablets. The new app is available to all BT TV customers at no extra cost, and enables viewing of live channels and on-demand programmes to which they subscribe. The app enables functionality such as allowing viewers to pick up a programme at the point […]

YouView taps Amazon’s Alexa for voice controls

YouView is piloting Amazon’s Alexa voice service in a bid to bring voice controls to its connected set-top boxes.  YouView claims to be one of the first developers worldwide to work with the new Alexa Video Skill API, and said it aims to make it easier for viewers to interact with YouView’s content and apps. Ultimately, […]

YouView develops AdSmart-style targeted advertising

YouView is working on a project to offer addressable linear or dynamic ad insertion, according to the UK TV platform’s commercial projects director Simon Cook. Speaking at TV Connect in London this morning on a panel titled ‘big opportunities for data in creating business value’, Cook said that YouView is working with shareholders to provide […]

UKTV rolls out VOD update for YouView

UKTV has launched an updated version of its on-demand service, UKTV Play, on the YouView platform. The revamped video-on-demand player features a new home screen with tailored recommendations and top shows from UKTV’s Dave, Really, Yesterday and Drama channels. A collections feature offers curated content along specific themes, viewers can also collate their favourite episodes […]

BT rolls out ‘next generation of YouView’

BT is introducing “the next generation of YouView” with a set-top box software update that will add a new user interface. The update includes: a new, more visual, main menu; a faster full-screen guide; quicker access to media players and apps; an improved ‘mini-guide’ for showing what’s on now, next and in the future; and […]

Departing Harding says YouView upgrade benefiting pay TV uptake

Along with the news that Dido Harding is to step down as CEO of the company after seven years, UK service provider TalkTalk has revealed that it lost 31,000 TV customers in its fiscal third quarter, following changes to its fixed-line proposition in October. On a more positive note, Harding said that the introduction of […]

Sony first to launch on new YouView with Kids catch-up offering

Sony has become the first media group to launch a catch-up service on the newly revamped YouView hybrid IP and digital-terrestrial TV service in the UK, with an offering debuting today based on its portfolio of kids channels. Sony Kids offers catch-up content from its three UK kids services, Pop, Tiny Pop and Kix via […]

YouView launches next-gen platform, TalkTalk to roll out from Monday

UK connected TV platform YouView has unveiled the next-generation version of its platform, which UK broadband service provider TalkTalk has announced will roll out from next week. The service has been in Beta trial for some time, with updates being delivered every two weeks. “Even now, in the week before we go live we are […]

BT to introduce ‘next generation’ YouView service

BT 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, […]

BT reportedly looking to buy YouView

BT is in talks to acquire connected TV joint venture YouView, according to a report in the Telegraph newspaper. According to the Telegraph, BT’s talks with its YouView partners the BBC and TalkTalk have been delayed over differences in valuations of YouView, with BT initially looking to buy out the outfit’s other shareholders for £20 […]

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