UK content providers create accessible YouView

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Tuesday, 1 February 2011 09:10am

The major UK free-to-air broadcasters, including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, have collaborated to create the YouView TV box, which YouView says will incorporate accessibility as a core component.

This service, which is expected to launch in the first half of 2011, is a combination of the existing Freeview service with additional catch-up TV accessed via a broadband Internet connection.

The YouView website includes an extensive question and answer section that promises both broadcast and online content accessibility in the form of captions and audio description. The YouView box (you have to buy a dedicated set-top box to access the services) will include a number of access features as well.

There is no information on box pricing or a specific launch date. Initially this service is for the UK only, but the website hints at international possibilities.

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