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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 targetjobs.com 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.

Mike Ward's World Cup Alternatives blog

Flick through the TV schedules for the next month or so and the chances are you’ll spot something a wee bit unusual.

Namely, the fact they’re showing rather a lot of football, at least on BBC1, BBC2 and ITV.

YouView launches tech talent search

On demand TV service YouView today signals its continued success and growth by announcing a major recruitment drive that will expand its technology team by well over 50%.

In the next 12 months, YouView will add more than 50 of the best developers, test engineers and project managers to its workforce in roles that will spearhead the next stages of pioneering connected TV development.

Mike Ward's TV blog - Easter

As viewers, we don't traditionally make nearly as big a deal of the Easter TV schedules as we do the Christmas ones. This is a good thing.

While the extended break gives the channels a nice excuse, like at Christmas, to serve us up something new or a little different, there isn't the same burden of expectation weighing heavily on their shoulders. Few people ever complain that a programme isn't "Eastery" enough, or unfavourably compares the latest Easter line-up of shows to that of a so-called TV golden age which, if we're being honest, has always been something of a rose-tinted myth.

Easter TV viewing just got cheep-er with £20 off YouView set-top box via Humax Direct plus free next day delivery

To make this Easter eggs-tra special (sorry!), YouView has an eggs-lusive (sorry again!) and eggs-citing (we’ll stop now, promise!) offer to cut £20 off of the five star-rated YouView Humax set-top box.

 

The week-long offer begins tomorrow (Tuesday) only from www.humaxdirect.com pricing the YouView+ Humax DTR-T1010/500GB at just £199.99. During the offer period, it also comes with FREE next-day delivery worth £5.95, so it can be ordered in time for the four-day Easter weekend*.


Continuing investment in YouView, the fastest growing TV service in the UK, has been agreed by all 7 existing shareholders with funding guaranteed for at least 5 years.

 

The new agreement retains BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva as equal shareholders committed to promoting the future of connected free-to-air TV and enabling an upgrade path to pay services.

The big tech trends for 2014 by Stuart Miles, founder of Pocket-lint.com

With CES and MWC now behind us we are able to clearly see what the big trends for 2014 are shaping up to be. As you would expect, the consumer electronics industry is always moving forward, always looking for bigger and better things, albeit normally on smaller and more powerful devices.

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