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StewM
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Change of shareholder at Youview

This could on the one hand be good or on the other hand........

The seven partners were given equal 14.3% shares in the platform when the YouView company was created in July 2010, and have until now borne an equal share of the costs, with broadcasters paying in free airtime as well as hard cash. It is understood that from April, the BBC, Channel 4, Five, ITV and Arqiva will all scale back their financial contribution, while remaining on the list of shareholders.

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/feb/04/bbc-to-slash-youview-investment
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DaveBaines
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Re: Change of shareholder at Youview


@StewM wrote:
This could on the one hand be good or on the other hand........

The seven partners were given equal 14.3% shares in the platform when the YouView company was created in July 2010, and have until now borne an equal share of the costs, with broadcasters paying in free airtime as well as hard cash. It is understood that from April, the BBC, Channel 4, Five, ITV and Arqiva will all scale back their financial contribution, while remaining on the list of shareholders.

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/feb/04/bbc-to-slash-youview-investment

Just started a thread on this in the lounge as I didn't spot this one.

 

This doesn't look too good. BBC and ITV look like they are going back to focus on freesat and freeview. So youview could just end up as a pay TV add on to freeview. Not what it was intended as at all.

 

 

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ney
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Message 3 of 16

Re: Change of shareholder at Youview

Hope Youview will stay how it is but this news dont look promising.

 

Darren

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umpire
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Message 4 of 16

Re: Change of shareholder at Youview

Very interesting. Many posters on here (me included) have wondered what happened to the original idea behind Youview of 'buy anywhere, use with any ISP' boxes. The Youview project does seem to have been somewhat hijacked by BT and TalkTalk with the emphasis on pay TV and box/software fragmentation. I can't blame the other broadcasters for saying why should we be funding this?

 

Only 3% of boxes direct from retail stores. If that is correct it shows how the original concept has died. Can't blame the customers if they can get one for free with a pay TV subscription.

 

I expect either Youview will become a mainly BT, TalkTalk, Plusnet managed project, or it will just eventually disappear. It wouldn't surprise me if in a couple of years BT simply had a BTTV+ box. Time will tell.

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zulu17
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Re: Change of shareholder at Youview

In my view with the exception of the BBC the non ISP partners in Youview have made poor contributions to Youview. Only the BBC provides catch up in HD -  the quality of the other catchup players fall far below the quality that they should be for commited partners.

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umpire
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Re: Change of shareholder at Youview

Yes that's a fair point. It all depends how you look at it really. Rather than hijacking it you could argue that BT and TalkTalk saved it from near collapse a year or two ago.

 

To be honest after putting up with the blinking BT Vision+ New Look software for the last 14 months I would be happy with any system that isn't poorly designed, full of bugs and actually works reliably. They can call it whatever they want. Smiley LOL

 

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StewM
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"To be honest after putting up with the blinking BT Vision+ New Look software for the last 14 months I would be happy with any system that isn't poorly designed, full of bugs and actually works reliably. They can call it whatever they want."

 

As long as its not called a Sky Box!  Smiley Very Happy

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zulu17
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Re: Change of shareholder at Youview

well looking at

 

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/assets/files/pdf/review_report_research/vfm/distribution.pdf

 

the BBC share  of the operating costs of Youview is £6m not that significant whento factor in that it  has a  current total distribution bill of £233m, (6.5% of its licence fee).

 

 

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umpire
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Message 9 of 16

Re: Change of shareholder at Youview

I assume this is a summary of the same BBC report.

http://www.a516digital.com/2014/02/bbc-trust-publishes-report-on-bbc.html

 

 

One interesting angle on all this from the Youview forums.

https://community.youview.com/youview/topics/what_was_youview

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StewM
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Message 10 of 16

Re: Change of shareholder at Youview

I hadn't realised, as a licence fee payer, how much I was contributing to Sky's profits.
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