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Lord Sugar YouView box offers internet and on-demand TV



youview boxA new television YouView box unveiled by Lord Sugar will be able to provide you with home broadband as well as potentially save money, time and hassle.

Lord Sugar claims the box will give people a "whole new way" of enjoying television, by combining Freeview channels with the internet and on-demand television.

The YouView box, though initially priced at £299, has garnered support from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and home broadband companies such as TalkTalk and BT - itself already offering some great internet deals and offers.

The £70 million project has been delayed considerably and was meant to go on sale in 2011, but for those looking to spice up their quality family time, it will now be available to buy next month and Lord Sugar believes the price will drop considerably in future.

He said: "Our intention with this simple-to-use box is to provide extraordinary TV for everyone, with on-demand services combined with TV channels with an opportunity to search back an entire week to catch what they've missed. It's a whole new way of experiencing TV."

Everything at your fingertips

Users of the YouView box will be able to search through more than 100 digital radio and television channels, and also the archives of the likes of Channel 4 and the BBC.

Other features of YouView include the ability to surf the internet; watch missed programmes on demand for up to seven days after they was first shown; and record, pause and rewind live television.

But if you can't wait until the price of the box drops, there are plenty of other ways of
getting hold of the latest technology on a tight budget while keeping the children happy.

Using free giveaway sites for second hand goods or swapping with other families can save you lots of money while still enabling you to enjoy some of the latest gadgets.

Positive feedback

YouView CEO, Richard Halton, said the system is being tested in more than 2,000 households and that comments on the box are "very encouraging".

He said: "It confirms that YouView is easy to set up and use and different to what has gone before.

"In many ways we've only just begun, YouView is set to evolve quickly and we look forward to working with new content partners and developing more functionality as boxes roll out into UK homes."





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