Dave, Yesterday and Really will be coming to YouView’s on-demand library.
Catch-up services for the three UKTV channels, currently available to watch online and on iOS devices, will arrive alongside the likes of BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and 4oD in the on-demand section of the YouView guide.
As well as bringing on-demand access to the likes of Dara Ó Briain: School of Hard Sums and Russell Howard’s Good News to your fingertips, this marks the first time that full UKTV channels have been made available for catch-up on TV.
Read Recombu Digital’s guide to YouViewSky has access to boxsets of UKTV programmes like Red Dwarf, Mock the Week and QI on demand, but YouView’s offering will give you access to the same programmes available online through Dave On Demand and its counterparts.
UKTV’s CEO, Darren Childs commented “The UKTV network currently reaches over 42 million viewers a month and this agreement with YouView will make our award-winning programmes and channel brands available to even more viewers. Providing a catch-up service for our free-to-air channels on YouView is an important step for us, ensuring we give viewers the ‘anytime, anywhere’ access to our channels and programming that they want.”
Today also marks the long-awaited launch of the YouView app for Android devices. YouView for Android, like its iOS counterpart, lets customers set recordings on their phones and tablets. The forthcoming launch of UKTV channels on-demand means that should you miss a recording you’ll be able to catch up on shows as well.
Click the thumbnails below to get a better idea of how the UKTV on-demand portal will work.
Richard Halton, CEO, YouView said “We are pleased to welcome UKTV to our collection of on demand TV players. YouView is currently the fastest growing TV platform in the UK and we know that offering quality on demand content, from iconic channels such as Dave, Really and Yesterday, is key to giving our customers a great TV experience and makes our scroll back programme guide even more compelling.”
Dave will go live in July while Really and Yesterday will arrive towards the end of the year. Channels will be accessed through a single UKTV portal, so there’s potential for channels like the forthcoming Drama to arrive in this catch-up menu down the way as well.