Youview, the BBC backed Internet telly service will be postponed to the end of 2012 due to main technical difficulties although it was planned to be released in 2010. According to Youview consortium members, the Internet telly system does not run and even technical standards have not been complied with the digital terrestrial television standards body, Digital TV Group.
Nobody is surpised as the project run by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva is not in stable situation. That Youview’s CTO, Anthony Rose, had suddenly resigned in December 2010 and Youview’s CEO Richard Halton refused to announce introduction date; therefore had proved troubles of this project. It is explained that the members has spent more than £40 million over 18 months and Youview has 150 employees. The total cost of the project could be up to 115 million over four years since April 2010; however, it is only a bit of hopefulness.
Sky and Virgin Media also talked to regulators about Youview, but they did not gain their aim. Therefore, they are complaining about the delay. The latest IPTV project also suffers problems due to Youview’s troubles. Google TV is indefinitely delayed in Britain as the US version can not get agreement with program producers and Apple TV has not distributed HD 1080p picture quality.