YouView launch delayed

YouView, the Video-on-demand Freeview service will not launch until 2012.

The BBC-backed venture is understood to be suffering from technical issues.

Richard Halton, the chief executive of YouView, said “Our focus has always been to deliver a product to consumers that is right, but not rushed. Creating a truly open TV platform that will bring consumers increased choice has required significant technological innovation. Our timings for the launch reflect the scale and complexity of this project.”

YouView, a joint venture by the BBC, BT, TalkTalk, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Arqiva, will bring digital TV combined with the last 7 days’ catch-up TV, on demand services straight to the television set – subscription free.

Last updated: Wednesday 9 February 2011

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