So sky get the licence fee payers money from BBC then give a bit back to CH4, ITV and CH5 to keep thier HD channels off Freeview and other platforms....not a bad trick that one....
Not all there channels though I.e ITV 3 & 4 and film 4 and more 4 get a donation from sky as long as they are the only platform with them on...
This is an interesting article from July 2012, when youview launched:
I thought all this prediction of failure was rubbish at the time, and just paid-for murdoch propaganda. But it looks like they may have had a point.
If BBC, ITV, Ch4, etc really saw Youview as the natural successor to Freeview then why didn't they originally create two versions of the core Youview?
Youview = Freeview + core IPTV catch-up
Youview+ = Freeview + core IPTV catch-up + PVR functionality
That way all internet connected smart TV's sold in the last year or so could have had the Youview logo plastered all over the box and marketing and the general public would have become familiar with the logo and what it means. The very latest smart TV's that also support recording via USB drives or built-in solid-state drives could have carried the Youview+ logo. Currently most people without BT TV or TalkTalk TV boxes don't know about or care about Youview. New smart TV's still carry the Freeview/Freeview-HD labels even if they have core catch-up services included.
Just a thought.
Funding to continue roughly as is. BT and TalkTalk to pay a bigger portion of it though (as expected).