Rival Freeview firm YouView has announced that Netflix is the latest on-demand service to be added to its set-top boxes. See also: all digital home reviews.
After a flurry of rumours, Netflix is now accessible from YouView boxes. However, it's just BT and Humax boxes which get the film and TV streaming service today. TalkTalk and Huawei box owners will have to wait until early in the new year.
If you're a TalkTalk customer and would like to get it first, register your interest at talktalk.co.uk/netflix. YouView said details about an exclusive BT TV customer offer including Netflix will be available soon and customers can pay for Netflix via their BT bill when signing up alongside BT broadband and TV offers. See: How to record YouView TV shows from your smartphone or tablet.
Richard Halton, CEO of YouView said: "Netflix is a brilliant addition to our already impressive line-up of TV programming. We are really excited about Netflix and giving YouView audiences even more choice."
YouView describes itself as the UK’s fastest growing connected TV platform. Netflix which calls itself the world's largest internet TV network joins the already strong line-up of catch-up and on-demand services on YouView.
Customers can access BBC iPlayer, 4OD, ITV Player, Demand 5, Milkshake, UKTV, Sky Now TV, Sky Store and, more recently, Quest from Discovery. Netflix offers content including Breaking Bad, Orange is the New Black, House of Cards and Marco Polo will launch on 12 December.
YouView has passed over 1 million connected UK homes and has a long term goal of 10 million connected homes. However, it has a new rival in the form of EE TV.
Bill Holmes, head of business development at Netflix said: "We're very excited to bring the Netflix app to YouView boxes and hope to make it even easier for Netflix members with YouView to watch Netflix on their television sets."
Although TalkTalk customers will have to wait until next year to get Netflix, the firm is offering one month of access to Sky Movies for free. It has also halved the cost of its TV, broadband and calls packages to just £4.25 per month for Essentials.