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UK ISP PlusNet Opens YouView TV Trials to Unlimited Fibre Customers

Friday, December 20th, 2013 (6:30 am) - Score 1,889
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As expected PlusNet has started to move forward with its plans to launch a YouView (IPTV) based TV product to their UK broadband customers by opening up the closed staff trial to existing customers with an Unlimited Fibre (FTTC) package.

The ISPs parent company, BT, last month hinted that it was looking to make the YouView service available via PlusNet in order to help them compete against TalkTalk’s low-cost options (here).

Customers that participate in the new free 3 month trial, which could be extended, will be provided with a Humax set-top-box and access to premium TV channels including BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, ESPN, SyFy, Universal, E! and Fox.

Rob Perkins, Head of TV at PlusNet, said:

This is an exciting step forward for Plusnet and these trials will ensure Plusnet can gain crucial feedback to ensure it launches the best service it can to a wider customer base later in the year.”

Participating customers, whom will be required to use the service and provide feedback through short web-surveys when requested (likely to occur more than twice a month), will need to ensure that they can achieve a 15Mbps minimum download speed and have a working TV aerial. At the end of the trial the YouView box can either be returned or kept as part of a paid service.

Sadly there’s no specific date for the trial to begin, with PlusNet vaguely hinting towards it being “in the new year“. Customers who want to give it a go are asked to log-in and complete an application form here – http://trials.plus.net.

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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5 Responses
  1. Bob2002 says:

    >kept as part of a paid service.

    All my media consumption is either free-to-air TV/radio or free (and legal)Internet TV/streaming. I watch a lot of video but I’m not going to pay extra for it.

    1. Peter says:

      Think you snipped a bit too much

      > the YouView box can either be returned or kept …

      So you expect a YouView box to be free, do you? This is a package with both hardware and streaming components, though not clear if the box will record (the way a Freeview+ box can) or just provides the ‘future and past’ EPG that YouView offers.

  2. Kyle says:

    A minimum of 15Mbps seems quite high. I vaguely recall BT Vision requiring ~2Mbps.

    1. CrazyLazy says:

      Isn’t the minimum 2Mb from BT for BT Vision and only SD content on both platforms?

      Youview thereself even recommend 3Mb…
      http://www.youview.com/how-it-works/

      I would not be shocked if HD Sky Sports and similar needs more.

  3. Bob Pullen says:

    You’ll need a spare ~10Mbps or so for the HD multicast content. AFAIK the boxes have a built in PVR and allow recording.

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