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YouView publishes final core tech specs

YouView has published its final core technical specifications for launch and announced further device partners, including Pace and Huawei.

The YouView Core Technical Specification references the Digital Television Group's D-Book 7 (a detailed interoperability specification for digital terrestrial television with extended Connected TV functionality) and provides a set of technologies to enable the delivery of broadcast and IP-enabled content onto a television set via a broadband-connected device.

Any manufacturer will be able to use the specification to bring products to market which share the same underlying technologies as a YouView device, and it will also give those manufacturers interested in developing and deploying a device under the YouView brand a broad understanding of what will be required of that device.

“We’re delighted to confirm the final launch specification for YouView to help any manufacturer develop a connected TV device. Through promoting common technical standards for connected TV, consumers will get the widest possible range of devices supporting high quality content,” said Richard Halton, CEO, YouView.

YouView also announced a further group of device partners which will be involved in developing YouView devices: Huawei, the Manhattan Technology consortium, Pace and Vestel. These device partners join Cisco, Humax and Technicolor, which have already committed themselves to developing YouView set-top boxes.

Last month the partners behind YouView (the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva) named 29 initial content and technology partners, following a call for expressions of interest last November - and surprisingly (given its vocal opposition to the project) this roster of content partners will include BSkyB.

YouView will combine IP services including catch-up TV and interactivity with the UK's free-to-air digital channels and deliver them to a retail set-top box or television on a non-subscription basis.

The complete core technical specifications for YouView are available for download here