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TalkTalk’s drive to YouView on track

Broadband TV service YouView will launch as promised in 2012, founding partner TalkTalk said.

The broadband-and-phone provider is one of seven partners, including the BBC, preparing YouView for launch this Spring.

YouView will combine Freeview HD with video and other services delivered over broadband connections, with TalkTalk expected to offer extra services exclusive to its subscribers.

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Speaking at TalkTalk’s quarterly financial results presentation, TalkTalk chief executive Dido Harding said: “We look ahead to delivering an exciting strategic agenda through 2012, including the launch of our TV proposition.”

The third quarter of TalkTalk’s 2011-2012 financial year saw 130 exchanges unbundled to offer its full range of broadband and phone services, towards a target of 2,457 across the UK by April.

Some 90 per cent of TalkTalk’s four million customers are now on its unbundled network and a fifth are on the unlimited-download Plus broadband package, with a target of a million by April.

More than 270,000 customers also use HomeSafe, TalkTalk’s network-level security and safety service.

However, although TalkTalk added 63,000 unbundled customers, it lost 43,000 broadband customers overall because of declines in off-network and partially-unbundled customers.

Fortunately for the shareholders, unbundled customers are worth up to three times the revenue of other customers, so TalkTalk’s profits are on the way up regardless.

UPDATE: TalkTalk’s full-year results push YouView launch date back to second half of 2012, July to September.