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Youview launches a cheaper and smaller £200 set-top box

The Humax YouView DTR-T2000 500GB box brings all the same features in a more compact design
Tue Jul 15 2014, 14:28

ON-DEMAND TELEVISION SERVICE Youview has launched a set-top box by Humax for a lower, sub-£200 price. 

Hitting retailers as of Monday, the Humax Youview DTR-T2000 box, which includes 500GB of storage space, brings all the same features from the subscription-free TV service but in a more compact design.

Humax new youview box

The dip in price could suggest that Youview boxes aren't selling as well as expected. Nevertheless, the fresh compact box offers 70 live free-to-air digital TV and radio channels, including six in high definition and up to 300 hours of standard definition recording (SD), or 125 hours of high definition (HD).

"It also includes a seven-day catch-up service on BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5 and record, pause and rewind functionality," Youview said.

Additionally, the TV service offers a library of on demand television programmes and films where users can also access a range of content via on demand players from channel such as Dave, Yesterday and Really imagined by UKTV, Now TV, Sky Store, Milkshake, S4C and STV in Scotland.

Youview said it is confident that the new box, combined with a lower price point, will "give customers an affordable and easy-to-use experience to find and enjoy the TV they love".

The Youview Humax DTR-T2000 will be priced at £199 and available across all major retailers including John Lewis, Tesco, Argos, Currys PC World, plus Humax Direct.

Last month it emerged that Youview might be forced to change its name, after the UK High Court ruled that it infringes the "Yourview" trademark held by Total Ltd.

Total's row with Youview began back in November 2012, and things got worse for the on-demand TV service in June when the UK High Court ruled that Youview indeed does infringe the "Yourview" trademark.

Mr Justice Sales delivered the ruling, deciding that Youview's set-top boxes and TV service infringes Total's "Yourview" trademark and dismissing Youview's claim that the trademark in question is invalid.

Youview said that it will appeal the ruling. µ


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