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Quest launches on demand with YouView

Quest, the free-to-air factual entertainment TV channel, is to make its programmes available to watch on YouView for seven days after broadcast.

Quest’s top programmes will be made accessible with YouView from today via the brand new on demand player, Quest OD and YouView’s seven day scroll back function within the programme guide.

YouView announces new CTO

Today, on demand TV service YouView announced that Nick Thexton has been appointed as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Thexton is currently VP and CTO for Cisco’s Video Software Solutions group and was SVP and CTO at NDS prior to its acquisition by Cisco. Thexton began his career in broadcasting with time at Thames Television and Channel 4.

YouView Interns Blog - The Life of a Web Intern

Charlie Anderson is currently working in the Service Management team on a technology summer internship. He is working alongside 9 other summer interns who are working in various teams across the business. He is about to start his final year studying Computer Science at The University of Bristol.

After spending last summer at the Edinburgh fringe, I knew this summer I had to knuckle down and get a "real" job.  YouView really appealed to me as a small yet ambitious organisation. I hoped that I would be able to make a significant contribution during the internship, and that has definitely turned out to be true.

YouView Interns Blog - Eight reasons why you need to apply to YouView

Georgina Callé is currently working in the PR team at YouView on a summer internship. She is working alongside 9 other summer interns who are working in various teams across the business. She is about to start her final year studying Politics and Modern History at the University of Manchester.

With so many potential employers out there it can be difficult to know where to apply which company will offer the best fit and experience for you. Here are eight of the (many) reasons YouView should top your list.

YouView Interns Blog - Reflections on a Technology Internship

Alex Haak has just completed an eight week placement as a Software Development Intern at YouView. He recently returned from a year abroad in Hong Kong and is about to start his final year studying Computer Science at the University of Warwick.

What do you get when you cross a young tech nerd, two months of summer and an awesome company?

Well reflecting on my last two months, I have come to a conclusion and can safely say you get an amazing experience. Aside from all the great people, exposure to the industry and a good amount of table football, the one thing that will leave a lasting impression is my development technically. Over my two months working at YouView I had a project of my own, creating something from scratch that I could showcase at the end of my placement. But more on that later.

YouView Interns Blog - The Application Process

Jo Cole is the Content Operations Intern at YouView. She has just finished her second year studying Maths at The University of Birmingham.

This summer I have been lucky enough to be doing a Content Operations internship here at YouView which I originally found out about through Target jobs and the YouView website.

Prior to applying to YouView, I did a lot of searching around and reading up on what the internship entailed and decided that this internship sounded perfect; a great mix of problem solving and people skills. The application process was surprisingly straightforward. I applied online via the YouView website and within a week or two I was invited to interview.

Today, on demand TV service YouView demonstrates further momentum and ambition following the completion of its shareholder agreement.

The agreement which guarantees five years of funding by all seven shareholders including BT and TalkTalk, giving YouView scale in the UK broadband market, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Arqiva.

Faster YouView box is now available for under £200

A new YouView box from Humax launches today in retailers, offering the seamless on demand TV service at an attractive low price point.

The Humax YouView DTR-T2000 / 500GB brings all the fantastic features from the subscription-free TV service for under £200 offering the most compact and fastest box from the YouView Humax range to date.   

The YouView Humax DTR-T2000 will be priced at just £199 and available across all major retailers and independents including John Lewis, Tesco, Argos, Currys PC World, plus Humax Direct.

The compact box offers 70 live free-to-air digital TV and radio channels, including six in high definition and up to 300 hours of standard definition recording (SD) or 125 hours of high definition (HD). It also includes a seven-day catch-up service on BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5 and record, pause and rewind functionality.

One in seven decide what to watch on TV from social media

YouView study finds Facebook/Twitter influence TV habits but risk ruining shows.

27% would keep away from social media to avoid spoiling favourite TV programmes they are yet to catch up on.

One in eight people claim they now watch more television than in 2013.

One in seven Facebook users always or often use the social media site to discuss the shows they’re watching.

UK households own an average of one extra TV-capable device/gadget compared to 12 months ago.

52% of people prefer homegrown British drama.

Social media has had a huge impact on our TV tastes with around one in seven viewers now getting TV recommendations directly from it [Facebook (12%) and Twitter (6%)].

According to the latest YouView census into national television habits for 2014, one in seven (14%) of Facebook users questioned also said they always or often use the site to talk about the TV programme they are watching. For Twitter the number was slightly higher at 16% or around one in six.

PR Internship blog by Alice Tofts

How did I, as a French and History student about to start my final year at university, find myself at YouView for a three week work experience as a PR assistant? After undertaking various jobs and roles linked to the communication industry, I wanted to explore the PR industry. I came across YouView’s offer of a PR internship on and I felt that this would be an interesting opportunity. Unfortunately I was not successful in landing the internship position but I was lucky enough to be offered a shorter placement.

As a self-confessed PR beginner, I was initially nervous about how I would manage working in PR. My education has so far been lacking any theory that many PR students would have gained. Fortunately both Vicky and Graham, in the YouView PR team, took this on board and were willing and patient enough to answer my thousand and one questions. As soon as I arrived I was impressed by the variety and number of tasks that my work experience entailed. Too often interns are fobbed off with menial (but still vital) tasks such as coffee making and photocopying, therefore to have specific aims and objectives for my work experience gave me confidence that this would be a rewarding experience.

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