UK connected TV project YouView has opened its trial process to the public, inviting people to register for the opportunity to take part.
Participants must sign a Non Disclosure Agreement and fulfil a number of criteria, including: be aged 16 years or over, be resident in the UK, have a valid TV licence, have an Internet connection, have an aerial capable of receiving Freeview (DTT) programming, and agree to the terms and conditions of the YouView service.
The website set up by the partners behind YouView to process the registrations also warns participants: “You are responsible for all of your internet service provider costs and any other expenses in your participation of the YouView Trial.“
Intriguingly, the website also warns that participants will be liable for the expense of “any premium content or subscriptions services you may choose to access“ – suggesting that the service will not be limited solely to free-to-air live and catch-up content.
A recent report in the Financial Times (here) stated that these latest public trials will involve around 350 homes outside london, with the triallists selected to represent a broad demographic.
The YouView platform was originally conceived three years ago to offer the ‘plug-in-and-watch’ simplicity of DTT platform 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.
However, the partners behind the project (the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five, major ISPs BT and TalkTalk, and broadcast services provider Arqiva) have suffered multiple set-backs, and this latest news appears to confirm that the platform will not launch in time for the Olympics, as previously hoped.
Interested parties can register for the trials here.