Frequently Asked Questions

There’s no such thing as a silly question, but there are some popular ones.

YouView is an on demand TV service with over 70 live digital channels. It seamlessly combines seven day catch­up on BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and Demand 5 with a library of on demand television programmes, films and radio. A range of quality content is available via on demand players from Netflix, Now TV, milkshake!, UKTV Play, STV and S4C. YouView has record, pause and rewind TV functionality as well as a simple search and more.

Your YouView box connects to the internet which allows new features and content providers to be regularly added ensuring your box is always up to date.

YouView is offered as part of broadband subscription bundles from TalkTalk and BT. It is also available to buy subscription ­free from all major retailers and many independent electrical stores as well as integrated in a range of Sony Android TVs.

With a YouView box, you get everything Freeview offers – plus a whole lot more, including:

  • An easy to use search tool which makes it simple to find your favourite programme
  • Catch up from some of the UK’s leading Players
  • The option of extra, paid for On Demand programmes and films

There are 3 ways to get YouView.

YouView is available in all major retailers and many independent electrical stores including John Lewis, Currys Digital, Argos, Tesco, Amazon, Richer Sounds, Euronics and Maplins.

YouView is available as part of broadband bundle through TalkTalk and BT.

YouView is also available on a range Sony Android TV’s.

To enjoy the full YouView experience you need good digital TV coverage and a recommended Broadband speed of 3Mb/s.

YouView offers a number of great features on a compatible Sony TV.

Scroll back TV

The seven­day scroll back guide brings together catch up TV from across BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and Demand 5.


Not sure what to watch, then Discover allows viewers to access YouView’s library of On Demand programmes, series, and films. YouView will show you popular series that may interest you or through our genres and subgenres you can refine what takes your fancy.


Search is one of the most powerful features on YouView, by leveraging the data from ALL partners, you are able to search for Titles, Actors or even Directors, we will show you all related items, so if your chosen actor has also been on a chat show, we will include that in the results.

Mini guide

The Mini guide is another powerful feature, so much more than a simple “Now and Next”. You can perform all the functions of the main programme guide, scroll backwards in time to play on demand content and also scroll through channels to see what is on.

More episodes

You can use the programme information to find more episodes of the shows you like. Whether you’re watching a show on live TV or just browsing the EPG you can use YouView to find all related episodes.

It also includes the following On Demand players:

  • BBC iPlayer
  • ITV Hub
  • All 4
  • Demand 5 (including Milkshake! Programmes)

There are three ways to get YouView, from a high street electrical retailer for a one­off payment, as part of a phone & broadband package from BT or TalkTalk or integrated in a range of Sony TV’s.

To find out how much YouView could cost, see the comparison table on our website.

Yes. If you have a High Definition (HD) TV, you can watch HD channels through YouView.

Some providers also offer HD On Demand programmes, which we recommend you watch if you have a higher broadband line speed and a generous usage allowance. Make sure you connect your HD TV to the YouView box using an HDMI cable.

To find out which HD channels are available in your area, try our Availability Checker.

Simply put, Ultra HD is a clearer picture. Ultra HD uses 4,000 pixels to show you a sharper, brighter, more beautiful picture. 4 times the resolution of Full HD.

This picture technology is now being built into most new TV’s and you might see it referenced as 4K or UHD for short. It just depends on the brand that’s using it.

For corporate and press enquiries, please email us at or send a letter to:

YouView TV Ltd
3rd Floor
10 Lower Thames Street London

For support enquiries, please visit our support site.