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MetalGearRex779 posts since 11 May 2016
London London
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BT is in talks towards a deal worth tens of millions of pounds for full ownership of YouView, its set-top box technology joint venture with Britain’s public service broadcasters and broadband rival TalkTalk.

It is understood that discussions have hit repeated snags over valuation, with the BBC and TalkTalk said to be pushing for a higher price and guarantees over the future of the project.

BT initially suggested it could buy out YouView’s six other shareholders for less than £20m, according sources. Valuations in the region of £60m are now under discussion.

The company is jointly owned by BT, TalkTalk, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Arqiva, the privately held company that run’s Britain’s television mast infrastructure. It was initially conceived as a successor to Freeview but almost all YouView households are BT or TalkTalk pay-TV customers.

BT is seeking full control to allow it to invest to accelerate development of key part of in its multibillion-pound pay-TV push. Senior executives have been frustrated at the relatively slow pace at a time when rivals Sky and Virgin Media are rapidly updating their set-top boxes.


BT taking over YouView makes sense considering that it has morphed into a pay platform and the PSB broadcasters have focused on Freeview Play.

Also, YouView is struggling technologically with the advent of Sky Q. A BT takeover would keep up the tech with rivals.
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nwtv20037,886 posts since 5 Jan 2003
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It never succeed as a separate set top box offering, it's only worked because of BT and TalkTalk. Even then BT are the bigger pushers of the product. A BT takeover would make sense.

Not sure where it would leave TalkTalk, however I found it a great service when I had TalkTalk. It was TalkTalk that was utter rubbish.
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London Lite6,815 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
Not sure where it would leave TalkTalk, however I found it a great service when I had TalkTalk. It was TalkTalk that was utter rubbish.


If BT buy TT's share, it's likely they'll be allowed to use the service under a licensing deal, although I suspect the improvements to YouView would only go to BT/Plusnet customers.

As for TalkTalk itself, it's their 'SuperRouters' that are crap. I use an older D-Link TalkTalk badged ADSL2 router which works perfectly fine with the service. I tested the older SuperRouter which was dire, the current one sent to all customers is apparently even worse. If I ever upgrade to FTTC, it'll be with probably a T-Link router, than the rubbish they send out.
DVB Cornwall6,560 posts since 4 Dec 2003
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As a BT user I'm happy to see this possibility. BT are keen to get their IPTV product up to (and exceeding) SkyQ's offering. If they're prepared to put the investment in good luck. They want PPV urgently to enable them to go for big ticket items. This isn't on offer now. If they retain the UEFA deal I can see them wanting to replicate their App on TV. Pitching a much improved platform to Eurosport for their player would be a good move too.

It'd also make a link up with DAZN (there've been whispers) and other similar operators a hell of a lot easier if they controlled the entire chain of their operations.
picard421 posts since 2 Jun 2016
I hope this goes ahead if it means improvements to BT TV. What bugs me about BT is, no movie channel, no entertainment channel, on demand content not very good at all, you have to use apps and watch adverts. On Sky it's all in one place, and adverts can be skipped. BT TV is not that good an offering when compared to Sky. It's only for those that can't or don't want/get Sky. Hopefully it improves otherwise I will be reluctantly going back to Sky at the end of my contract. After one year it's the same price as Sky, Sky has far more content. I really hope BT can do some deals and get some good stuff. I don't really watch sports.
MetalGearRex779 posts since 11 May 2016
London London
I hope this goes ahead if it means improvements to BT TV. What bugs me about BT is, no movie channel, no entertainment channel, on demand content not very good at all, you have to use apps and watch adverts. On Sky it's all in one place, and adverts can be skipped. BT TV is not that good an offering when compared to Sky. It's only for those that can't or don't want/get Sky. Hopefully it improves otherwise I will be reluctantly going back to Sky at the end of my contract. After one year it's the same price as Sky, Sky has far more content. I really hope BT can do some deals and get some good stuff. I don't really watch sports.

BT only relied on building their user base solely on sport, and AMC is failing in ratings, as it's locked on a BT paywall.

If they ever launch an entertainment channel, expect it to come on Sky, Virgin, BT and TalkTalk, though if they want extra exposure (which isn't enough on pay platforms), the Freeview platform would be a nice home for the channel. Sky basics and Fox, among other channels should be added to BT TV.


As a BT user I'm happy to see this possibility. BT are keen to get their IPTV product up to (and exceeding) SkyQ's offering. If they're prepared to put the investment in good luck. They want PPV urgently to enable them to go for big ticket items. This isn't on offer now. If they retain the UEFA deal I can see them wanting to replicate their App on TV. Pitching a much improved platform to Eurosport for their player would be a good move too.

It'd also make a link up with DAZN (there've been whispers) and other similar operators a hell of a lot easier if they controlled the entire chain of their operations.


Of the seven shareholders in YouView, only BT feels committed to moving the platform forward. PSB broadcasters and Arqiva have moved to developing Freeview Play, while TalkTalk is in a state of perpetual decline.

BT taking over YouView would bring some much needed changes to the platform, such as overhauling the UI and improving the content accessible on YouView.
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kernow586 posts since 18 Jan 2006
It never succeed as a separate set top box offering, it's only worked because of BT and TalkTalk. Even then BT are the bigger pushers of the product. A BT takeover would make sense.

Not sure where it would leave TalkTalk, however I found it a great service when I had TalkTalk. It was TalkTalk that was utter rubbish.

Yes, the involvement of BT and TalkTalk is likely to have helped its survival, unlike stand-alone services like ITV Digital and Top Up TV which didn't survive.