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TalkTalk to begin trialling YouView next year

3,000 staff will be given set-top boxes compatible with TV-on-demand service

TalkTalk is to begin trialling TV-on-demand service, YouView, next year.

The UK ISP confirmed in its interim result, which were released this week, it will provide 3,000 of its staff with set-top boxes compatible with the service, which are made by Huawei, in a bid to "focus on the end-to-end customer experience".

"The launch of YouView next year will be a major development for TalkTalk and we are on track to offer a value for money product of phone, broadband and TV in Spring 2012," TalkTalk said.

YouView is a BBC-backed venture formerly known as Project Canvas. The TV-on-demand service will see internet-connected set-top boxes offering seven days worth of catch-up TV, along with free archive shows, apps and widgets. TV providers signed up to take part include the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five, while UK ISPs TalkTalk and BT are also on board.

The ISP then hopes to expand the trial to 10,000 of its customers in "late Q4 or early Q1", which based on TalkTalk's financial year, will be around the end of March or early April next year, ahead of a full launch later in 2012.

This time frame is in line in with YouView's previously estimated launch date. The service, which has already been delayed once, was expected to be officially launched to consumers later this year. However, a number of setbacks, including the departure of Anthony Rose, project's chief technology officer, has meant the project has suffered further delays. It is now expected to launch sometime during 2012.


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