What is YouView?
A service that combines Freeview, a digital TV recorder and on-demand content over Broadband
YouView lets you watch and record Freeview, supports HD, and lets you watch TV shows that you’ve missed
Access to hundreds of on-demand movies through services like Sky’s Now TV
What you need to get YouView
- A YouView receiver box (£299)
- A TV aerial
- To be in a good Freeview coverage area
- A connection between the YouView box and your Broadband router
A standard YouView box, like the Humax DTR-T1000 pictured on this page, costs £299.
There is no subscription for the basic service, but some content, such as movies on Sky Now TV, cost extra.
The Programme Guide
Whilst most programme guides let you look at the next seven days of TV, YouView also lets you go back 7 days to see what you’ve missed. If it’s available on catch-up TV, you can watch it via the programme guide. This feature is called Scrollback
YouView’s Internet service
With YouView, you can watch catch-up TV services from the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Channel 5, as well as online movies and TV shows. Here’s what you need to know:
You need to connect your YouView box to the Internet. The box doesn’t have wi-fi, so you need to connect using an Ethernet cable, or a pair of Powerline adapters (See: How to connect Youview)
You’ll need a minimum broadband speed of between 2 and 3Mbps to watch streaming video on YouView
BE AWARE: Watching streaming video will eat into your broadband download allowance. Watching an average-length movie will eat around 1GB of data. If your broadband service has a download limit, say, 10GB a month, you’ll need to be careful how much TV you watch over YouView!