First YouView update brings surround sound, faster boot times

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YouView screen grab.jpgYouView have announced that they are beginning to roll out the first firmware update for the catch-up TV set-top boxes, bringing with it a host of new features.

A headlining new feature is the introduction of surround sound when the boxes are connected over S/PDIF, while users will also enjoy faster boot-up times, whether turning on their YouView boxes from cold or merely activating it after a standby period.

Users will also now have the ability to change the default auto-standby time from 2 hours of inactivity to 12 hours, while shows can now be skipped in 60 second intervals, or rewound in 15 seconds intervals, whether watching recordings or live TV, just so long as the show has been paused or rewound at least once.

Shows from the same series that have been recorded will now be grouped together in the MyView section.

Interface updates include the new ability to hide red button prompts, while the interface as a whole should be more legible thanks to a new bolder font.

Launching first on Humax boxes, the update will be rolling out to TalkTalk boxes in the coming weeks. The update should install automatically, but concerned users can check the ‘Software Version’ listing in the Settings menu to check if they’ve received the update yet.

Gerald Lynch
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