May launch for YouView catch-up TV streaming platform?

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YouView, the long-delayed TV catch-up streaming box that pulls together online TV content from all the major terrestrial broadcasters in the UK, may finally have a launch window.

The Freeview-based TV-on-demand system is now expected to launch on May 14th according to The Telegraph’s Emma Barnett, with TV executives at the Digital Television Group conference letting slip that YouView’s trials this year have been fruitful.

The question is, does anyone really care any more, let alone will they care by May? With Smart TVs offering portals to catch-up TV alongside games consoles, tablets and smartphones, there is already a plethora of ways to access catch-up TV, not to mention the likes of the Roku boxes which also throw into the mix web-based video content too. A dedicated catch-up TV box may sound like a very limited, dated idea come YouView’s long-delayed release.

Via: DTVE

Gerald Lynch