TalkTalk confirms Q3 launch for YouView

UK ISP TalkTalk has indicated that it expects to introduce a triple-play package featuring the yet-to-be-launched YouView service in the third quarter of this year.

Revealing the plans in its latest quarterly results, the company said: “YouView will bring to our customers all of the ‘plug-in-and-watch’ simplicity of Freeview, plus the UK’s leading internet catch-up and video on-demand services, all instantly available through one simple, intuitive set-top box and proprietary electronic programme guide.

“Development within the YouView team is progressing well and within TalkTalk we are making good progress on provisioning capability, as well as operational and CRM readiness to support our TV service within our existing operational structures,”

This marks the first positive official statement on the service in months: industry speculation has been rife that the much-delayed service will miss its stated aim of full launch before the start of the 2012 London Olympics in July.

TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding commented at the end of last year that she sees YouView as the next opportunity for TalkTalk to have a “powerful, disruptive” innovation in the market – full details here.

YouView is a joint venture between public service broadcasters the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five, major ISPs BT and TalkTalk, and broadcast services provider Arqiva.

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