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YouView Delayed By Six Months

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The Daily Mail is today reporting that the game-changing IPTV service YouView could be facing delays of up to six months and may not launch until early 2012.

Sources claim that internal wrangling between the seven partners as well as technical difficulties have led to the delay. However YouView said it still harboured ambitions to launch this summer though conceded its launch timetable was under review. BT, one of the partners, also said the hoped to launch in the summer adding that the most important thing was to get it right from the off.

YouView aims to combine the best of on-demand services, such as BBC’s iPlayer and Channel 4’s 4OD, and of current PVR features such as pausing live TV and recording an entire TV series. Last September, when the business was still called Project Canvas, we reported that 40 different organisations had announced that they will produce equipment such as set-top boxes which showed the industry support for the project.

The Daily Mail sources claim that the seven partners (BT, TalkTalk, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five and Arqiva) are arguing over the on-going cost of the venture with each of them having put up £18 million pounds initially to cover the set-up costs for the first four years. It is also suggested that the summer 2011 launch date was very ambitious considering the technical issues that had to be overcome by YouView.

Seen as a evolved version of Freeview and Freesat, YouView will be a subscription-free service though BT and ITV are thought to be putting the service at the centre of their pay-TV plans and that this reported delay will cause them severe problems.

Source: Daily Mail

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