YouView prepares for July roll-out

After repeated delays, YouView, the internet-connected TV joint venture, will finally be available in shops at the end of this month.

Lord Sugar: YouView makes long-delayed launch
Lord Sugar: YouView makes long-delayed launch

The service - which is backed by ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva - was unveiled at a PR launch fronted by the YouView chairman, Lord Sugar, this week. However, advertising is not expected to break until the autumn. It will be created by Adam & Eve/DDB.

Set-top boxes, priced at £299, will be available from retailers including John Lewis, Currys, Comet and Argos, while BT and TalkTalk will offer them as part of their broadband packages.

YouView allows viewers to "scroll back" seven days of viewing, search on-demand content and record and pause live TV.

The service was originally scheduled to launch in 2010.