BBC-Led YouView Announces Details On Set-Top Boxes

The BBC-led YouView project has announced the details of the service’s upcoming set-top boxes, which will lets viewers watch on-demand media.

The project, which has been repeatedly delayed due to persistent hardware issues, has BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, BT, TalkTalk, and Arqiva as partners.

The YouView set-top boxes will come with 320 GBs of memory and a half GB of RAM. The boxes will have two USB ports, probably one HDMI, support for Wi-Fi and an Ethernet port. and they will run on the Linux operating system.

YouView, previously known as Project Canvas, will allow users to watch one program and record another at the same time, thanks to the two DVBT/T2 tuners.

The set top boxes will be manufactured by Cisco, Humax and Technicolor, with Pace, Manhattan, Vestel and Huawei also coming on board. YouView said that every manufacturer will offer its own remote so the remotes will not be interoperable.

“We're delighted to confirm the final launch specification for YouView to help any manufacturer develop a connected TV device," Richard Halton, CEO, YouView, said in a statement (http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/youview-boxes-first-details-announced-943377).

"Through promoting common technical standards for connected TV, consumers will get the widest possible range of devices supporting high quality content."