YouView will revamp its programme guide this summer to make room for broadband TV channels, starting with BT Sport and TalkTalk’s pay-TV channels.
The hybrid TV service will also add the Android version of its remote record app, before enhancing it with accessibility and remote control features.
The EPG changes will have to fit around the standard Freeview guide, although YouView isn’t saying whether it will use the new On Demand section or just add its own channels from number 1,000 up.
Read more about YouViewWherever the broadband channels appear, viewers will be able to watch them just like Freeview’s broadcast signals – with a little bit of buffering as they start.
The first channels to appear will be BT Sport and ESPN – expected at the end of July – and TalkTalk’s pay-TV channels.
The move will break out live channels delivered over broadband from the TalkTalk app in the On Demand section of YouView, which will be dedicated to purely on-demand services.
More catch-up services from Freeview broadcasters are also hoped to join YouView this year, alongside the BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5.
BT has live streaming deals with for channels including Discovery, Sky, National Geographic, Watch, MTV and Nickelodeon, but these are currently restricted to its own BT Vision box.
YouView app upgrade
The launch of the Android version of YouView’s programme guide and remote record app in the first half of 2013 will be followed by enhanced apps for both iOS and Android users.
Accessibility features are high on YouView’s agenda, such as text-to-speech and speech-to-text for the visually impaired, as well as remote control and management of the YouView box, as seen already in the Sky+ and Virgin Media TV Anywhere apps.