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YouView, perhaps under some pressure following its delay and its chair’s exit, has named 29 companies it will work with to finalise its spec…

A Sky+HD box
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YouView, perhaps under some pressure following its delay and its chair’s exit, has named 29 companies it will work with to finalise its specifications.

They are…

  • Content partners: Blinkbox, Blinkx, BSkyB, Film4oD, Golant Media Ventures, Guardian News & Media, IndieMoviesOnline, LOVEFiLM, Pushbutton, Radioplayer, Stream UK, STV, Travel Channel, Tvinci, UTV and woomi.
     
  • Technology partners: Alcatel-Lucent, Blinkx, Capablue, Deluxe, easeltv, IMD, ioko, Kaltura, Nativ, Ooyala, Red Bee Media, Technicolor, TripleSEE and Twofour.
     

There are few surprises on this list, except for BSkyB (NYSE: BSY). The satcaster, which operates its own Sky Anytime+ VOD on its boxes and has its Sky Player on numerous third-party IPTV boxes, has routinely lodged sceptical submissions to the regulatory processes around YouView.

But the regulatory processes are over. BSkyB’s inclusion on this list must be a clear sign that Sky is working with the YouView partners – BBC, ITV (LSE: ITV), Channel 4, Channel 5, BT (NYSE: BT) TalkTalk and Arqiva – to bring Sky Player to YouView as well.

Update: BSkyB tells paidContent:UK: “We already distribute Sky content across a wide range of platforms. It makes sense for us to continue to explore new ways of reaching customers, but it’s too early to say at this stage whether we’ll offer a service over YouView.”

YouView had in November invited such potential partners to come aboard, judged against its own criteria for involvement. Today, it says “hundreds” submitted.

Says the JV: “Through YouView’s technical development groups, this industry advisory group is informing processes and guidelines which will be published this year. All content providers – including those that form its advisory group – will later this year, be invited by YouView to confirm their formal intention to making content available via the platform.”

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  1. Richard Tobin Friday, March 25, 2011

    Now bSKYb are included in the mix I guess its full steam ahead – ‘technical difficulties’ fall by the wayside now the finger pointers are on-board too. YouView is the future.

  2. Sad day for all of us. YouView is conceptually wrong. Media suppliers should just provide media and any APIs needed to initiate an IP stream. All the backend stuff should be done by competing computer companies, a new Set Top Box is not needed and is the last thing we need.

    I suggest a revolutionary rethink, to make home WiFi networks the core of the project, with media inputs from broadband, a WiFi TV tuner, your computer, your iPad. And the media display by a WiFi enabled display (not a TV) and a WiFi enabled HiFi system.

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