YouView boxes finally granted the BBC's new iPlayer and red button features

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YouView boxes finally granted the BBC's new iPlayer and red button features

The BBC's extensively redesigned iPlayer has been gradually lumbering its way onto different compatible devices since it was first launched earlier this year. YouView's hybrid Freeview/IPTV set-top boxes have, until now, been sorely neglected, which is somewhat strange given the BBC is one of YouView's principal investors. Well, better late than never, the new iPlayer has finally started rolling out to YouView set-top boxes, alongside the addition of the BBC's Connected Red Button features. If you're in possession of a YouView- or BT-issued box made by Humax (Huawei's also built a few), then these goodies will show up shortly, if not today. TalkTalk customers, however, are still playing the waiting game, though they can expect to receive the updates "in due course."

To refresh your memory, the new-look iPlayer has a simpler, more image-driven UI that puts content discovery first, with a revised category list, suggestive search feature and new, themed collections of related content. YouView boxes that receive the update will now be able to access anything from the longer, 30-day catch-up window the BBC introduced earlier this month, too. Through the Connected Red Button, couch potatoes can get at even more content, like weather forecasts, the latest news reports, and various sports media, including video highlights, live scores and match analyses. While major sporting events are running, the red button is also your window onto all the live streams that aren't being broadcast on any of the BBC's traditional channels.

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