TalkTalk has announced its half year performance figures, along with a date for the launch of the YouView service on its network.
YouView, as you’re most likely aware, is the video-on-demand service (formerly known as Project Canvas) backed by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, BT, Arqiva and TalkTalk itself.
It was supposed to be launched at the start of 2011, but delays have pushed it back a year so it’s now expected to arrive early 2012.
TalkTalk will have the service on board in the spring of 2012, if all goes well.
The provider called the launch of this TV offering a major development, and Chief Executive Dido Harding noted: “We see YouView as an opportunity to bring TalkTalk’s value for money disruptive proposition into the triple play world of phone, broadband and TV.”
Before the launch, the ISP intends to trial the TV service as you would expect, and that testing should start in the first quarter of next year.
YouView boxes will offer Freeview channels, catch-up TV and on-demand programmes, all gratis, which is why TalkTalk is loudly banging the value for money drum on its upcoming triple play package. There will also be some paid-for offerings on the service, mind you.
In its half yearly figures for the six months to September, TalkTalk declared revenue of £844 million – although that was down 5% on the same period in 2010 – but earnings were up 36% and 159,000 unbundled customers were added to its ranks.