Looks like they are considering an APP to replace the STB ... it would run on many devices - including Samsung Smart TVs.
It postulated 3 flavours, all with a rolling one month contract:-
Also access to Box Sets, Movies etc ....
Scrapping the STB would also mean no recordings. Seems like it's something that would compete with now tv
The impression I got was that all recordings will be stored in the cloud. How much capacity per user would be is any guess, but they could give a nominal 100Gb or less, and then possibly charge more for extra storage.
None of the broadcasters want you to retain any recording for a long time, so there will probably be a automatic expiry time when recordings will be deleted, much like the BBC iPlayer.
Basically they will control the stored content, not you, and add adverts in the content.
100Gb is a tiny amount when the boxes are 1Tb
Yes, but if you were forced to watch all recorded content within say 30 days or less, or have it deleted, then you would not need as much space.
The content providers only have to keep one copy of a programme in the cloud, and anyone who wants to watch that same copy, could be given a licence to watch it within 30 days.
Control of the content will be with the content provider, which is what they always wanted.
BBC is doing that already, as you can "purchase" certain content, after its no longer on the Iplayer.
These are just my personal perspective on where YouView is going. If you do not lilke the future, then buy a FreeView PVR, and use that, until of course all content moves online, and they turn the transmitters off
"There is nothing wrong with your television. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are now controlling the transmission" Quote from the Outer Limits, for those that are old enough to remember
If they did what your suggesting it would be Comercial suicide as far as the tv business goes and the investment in youview would be a waste.
Its people who have paid for the boxes, all YouView have done is to work with broadcasters and ISPs, to provide a common platform for content. Now content providers want more control and more targeted advertising, meaning more money.
For apps to work, the content would have to be stored in the cloud, as uploading from your YouView box would be problematic on ADSL, and if your box was turned off when you were away from home, then the app would not work.
I would be surprised if it went app only. I can see an app complementing the box a la Sky tv/Now tv. Sky bring out Q, Youview try to match the 'look' with NextGen, Sky have Now tv so possible BT/Youview playing catch up again with their own app. I think app only would only push a considerable number of people away from pay tv or towards Sky. Time will tell I guess but I for one would prefer a pvr. The cloud is only giving in to advertisers and content providers to control and to 'spy' in the same way NextGen was created for this same purpose.