JT offers YouView in the Channel Islands

Another UK ISP has launched TV packages featuring the YouView connected TV platform, this time in the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey.

The JT Group is offering the YouView set-top box for free to all broadband customers on speeds of 16 Mbps or above (its fibre broadband packages go right the way up to 1 Gbps).

The telco is also retailing the YouView box to its other customers for a one-off payment of GB£249 (US$400) for the 500GB version and GB£299 for the 1TB version.

“We are delighted to introduce YouView exclusively into the Channel Islands’ market as a cost effective alternative to subscription based TV services and as an enhancement to existing free-to-air TV,” said Barna Kutvolgyi, managing director of JT’s Global Consumer business unit.

YouView boxes combine linear television channels via the ‘Freeview’ DTT platform with over-the-top content from a range of sources, including the catch-up players from all the main UK broadcasters, and Sky’s OTT service ‘Now TV’.

The partners behind YouView (broadcasters the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five, ISPs BT and TalkTalk, and broadcast services firm Arqiva) started delivering software updates for the platform recently, adding surround-sound capability, faster start-up times, grouping of recordings and more.

BT and TalkTalk have already started offering YouView-based TV packages to their customers, and TalkTalk recently revealed that it is now signing up around 1,000 subscribers each day.

JT is currently rolling out fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections to 42,000 homes and businesses across the Channel Islands within the next three years as part of its Gigabit Isles project, and aims to have fully replaced the copper network on Jersey by 2015.

We spoke to Barna Kutvolgyi recently about the progress being made by this FTTH rollout and the IP-delivered services he thinks will resonate best with customers – for the full interview click here.

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