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YouView’s new technology chief will help make Cloud PVR a reality

YouView has announced that its hiring a new chief technology officer to help develop its connected TV platform. 

Nick Thexton, currently VP and CTO for Cisco’s Video Software Solutions group has experience with cloud-based video distribution and will be instrumental in developing a number of new YouView features including a cloud PVR. 

YouView has already said that it wants to offer its customers a way to access recorded programmes from the cloud on the go and Thexton will help to bring this about. 

One day you'll be able to watch all of your recordings wherever you are
One day you’ll be able to watch all of your recordings wherever you are

Richard Halton, CEO, YouView told Recombu:  “We’re making sure that our core software stack evolves in the right direction and Nick will certainly help guide us with that.” 

“We are delighted that Nick is joining as our new CTO, he brings deep knowledge of the sector and a global perspective to an already well established technology team.  His appointment combined with the backing of all seven shareholders for another five years, with the impetus of increased investment makes this an exciting time to be part of the YouView story.”

Other plans on YouView’s roadmap include continued upgrades and improvements to the iOS and Android apps and improved recommendations, delivering more relevant content to viewers at home. 

YouView highlights Thexton’s experience with dynamic ad insertion which is now being used to  powers Sky ‘Adsmart’ service. 

Halton told Recombu that Thexton’s appointment wouldn’t accelerate the arrival of connected red button, as that’s close to being released. Halton wouldn’t give us even a vague ETA, only saying that it would be arriving soon. 

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