Well we have recently been reviewing the rather fabulous YouView box, and all these problems have disappeared! YouView is an on-demand TV service which features over 70 channels of free to air TV and radio. This means that you can record, pause and rewind live TV, fantastic for if the phone rings halfway through your favourite programme, or if you want to pop off to make a cup of tea during a BBC programme. But it also provides you with a week of catch-up TV, and a whole library of on-demand services from BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5.
Readers who have been with us a while will remember the huge trauma which resulted from the first series of Tree Fu Tom disappearing from TV, how we wish we had had our YouView box then!! For us, this service is perfect because it doesn't matter how long bedtime takes, or how many jobs there are to do before we can collapse in front of an hour or two of telly of an evening. Whatever we want to watch is right there waiting for us when we have the time to watch it. It's great for the girls too because we can access all their favourite programmes at the touch of a button or two - back to back episodes of Peter Rabbit anyone?
The ease of use of the YouView box is an absolute joy, especially for those who really can't be bothered to read lengthy instructions (me!) Setting the box up was really easy, effectively you just plug it in* and follow the simple instructions. Getting used to the different functions does take a bit of concentration, but we are learning as we go along really, and so far have used the catch-up facility the most. I must admit to having avoided iPlayer and the like before as I didn't fancy sitting crouched over a computer to watch things, but watching them on your own TV is great!
We don't do the whole app thing, but it is worth noting that YouView also has a free app available via iPhone, iPad, iPod and Android devices offering a seven day programme guide and the ability to remote record their favourite programmes. Sounds very fancy to me!
The YouView box has been a great addition to our TV viewing, and ensures we can all watch exactly what we want when we want to, something our standard Freeview box wasn't enabling us to do. Highly recommended
YouView is offered as part of broadband subscription bundles from TalkTalk and BT, but it can also be bought subscription-free from major retailers and many independent electrical stores, such as John Lewis, Currys, Argos, Tesco, Amazon, Richer Sounds and Euronics. It retails at £229.
For more information visit: www.youview.com, on Twitter @YouView and Facebook at facebook.com/youview
To ensure you can receive the YouView service at home, use this link: checker.youview.com
* Here's the technical bit on how to set it up and what requirements you'll need to think about:
• To set up a YouView set-top box you need to connect it to your TV via a HDMI cable or SCART lead, to your TV aerial and to your broadband router via an Ethernet cable
• If your router is more than 2 metres from your box you'll need a longer Ethernet cable than provided or will need to use a powerline adapter.
• A minimum broadband speed of 3Mb/s and an unlimited data allowance from your broadband supplier is recommended.
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