TalkTalk Says YouView Will Launch By September

TalkTalk's CEO, Dido Harding, has said that the YouView set-top box will definitely launch before September of this year - in other words, before the summer is out.

TalkTalk is one of the backers of the much delayed project, along with the Beeb, ITV, Channel 4, Channel Five, BT and Arqiva. Originally, YouView - which was known as Project Canvas when it was conceived - was supposed to have been pushed out two years ago, so the delays have been continual.

Indeed, at the end of last year, TalkTalk was talking about the service going live in the spring, so the launch isn't on schedule as was planned for 2012, even.

YouView will offer Freeview channels and an on-demand, week long catch-up TV service, using web TV platforms such as ITV player, along with an app store. Although the initiative is less relevant now than it was back in 2010, what with the smart TVs which are around in increasing numbers these days.

Harding defended the YouView box against accusations of irrelevance, telling the Telegraph: "As Steve Jobs said and proved - it's all about having the best interface. YouView will help people easily navigate the huge amount of additional content people can now access on their TV screens with an internet connection."

TalkTalk will be pushing YouView as a TV offering bundled alongside its phone and broadband services.

Source: The Telegraph