UK connected TV platform YouView will receive a new software update over the next few weeks which sees the addition of linear TV content to the search function, including the ability to search for programmes coming up in the coming week, and set a recording or reminder if needed.
The update also brings support for Dolby surround sound over HDMI; the addition of an HDMI setting that allows users to set an output preference of 1080p, 1080i, or 720p; and notifications of new software updates being available, if automatic updates do not arrive.
The partners behind YouView (broadcaster the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five, ISPs BT and TalkTalk, and broadcast services firm Arqiva) released a software update at the end of October 2012 that brought a number of improvements including surround-sound capability, faster start-up times, and new skip functionality for both recoded and live TV (if paused/rewound).
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’.
For photos of our unboxing of the YouView devices following their launch last July, please click here.