Features of YouView
With a YouView box you can pause, rewind and record live TV, giving you greater control over what you watch, and when you watch it. The box actually lets you record a show whilst watching something else, or record two whilst you watch something already recorded.
You can access the handy Scroll back TV feature, offering the last seven days of TV from the flagship free-to-air channels, through BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5.
There is also an on demand library, search functionality and built-in HD support, so as long as you have an HD-ready TV you can watch the popular selection of free-to-air high definition channels.
YouView offers the free digital TV channels available in the UK, with the exact channel selection sometimes varying, depending on location. It will certainly include the mainstream free-to-air channels, BBC One, BBC Two, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, as well as sister channels like E4.
Over 70 live TV and radio channels are available through YouView.
Catch-up and on demand
The YouView set-top box gives you access to catch-up TV, and a range of on demand content available for a fee. If you take YouView through BT TV or TalkTalk, then additional on demand content is usually offered or included, and it may also be part of your monthly subscription, in which case you wouldn’t have to pay extra.
Connecting with YouView
You need a home broadband connection to open up the catch-up TV and on demand libraries, as the content is downloaded to your YouView box.
This also means you will want a connection with some degree of speed; YouView recommends a minimum speed of 3Mbps, but to minimise buffering and load time, or eradicate it altogether, you will probably want something faster.
Fibre-optic broadband is ideal, as it easily copes with transferring large amounts of data in a fraction of the time it would take a standard ADSL connection. This means faster file downloads and much slicker streaming.
For TV, the YouView box connects to your aerial, so good digital coverage is preferable, and YouView also offers an app which can check channel availability in your area.