Feeds

Sony says no to YouView

Telly maker not keen on 'Freeview for IPTV' scheme

Business security measures using SSL

Sony will not support the UK's would-be IPTV standard, YouView, the company's UK chief has revealed.

Speaking at the Intellect Consumer Electronics Conference in London yesterday, Gildas Pelliet, MD of Sony UK and Ireland, said the company will not plug YouView into the Bravia Internet Video service built into many of the firm's TVs and Blu-ray Disc players.

YouView was to have debuted this summer, but the release date has slipped back to 2012 - it's said because of disagreements between supporters over the platform's technical specifications.

It finally published its Linux-based set-top spec earlier this year.

Last month, Technicolor, now a brand of French set-top box maker Thomson, quit the YouView, leaving the 'Freeview of IPTV' with only six partners who've said they'll make kit equipped with the technology.

Sony's stance is a bigger blow. Sony has been at the forefront of consumer IPTV, building core technology into many of its Bravia TVs and BD players for more than a year now. It was one of the first firms to integrate BBC iPlayer into televisions.

If there's a flaw in Sony's IPTV offering, it's the poor selection of content - justified because BIV is for a "global audience", according to Sony spinners - for every BBC iPlayer or Lovefilm there are plenty more YouTube wannabes, sportswear ads masquerading as content, and obscure German news channels.

YouView might have provided Sony with a way to expand not only the quantity but the quality of IPTV content accessible through the giant's tellies. Clearly Sony doesn't think it will. ®

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch
For decades Hollywood actually binned its 4K files. Doh!
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID
Cheap and deafening mobes for the subcontinental masses
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND
4Gb/s speeds on a consumer drive, anyone?
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.