YouView delivers first Ultra HD set top box in the UK

SanjSanj Member Posts: 1,644 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited 4 May 2017, 12:39AM in News
Hi all,

We're delighted to announce, that the Humax DTR-T4000 box will now be available to consumers via BT. For more on this announcement see our press release.

Also for information on BT Ultra HD, see this BT webpage.
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  • churchwardenchurchwarden Member Posts: 795
    edited 4 May 2017, 12:39AM
    Like a lot of people I find Freeview adequate for my viewing needs, and so don't see the need to pay a monthly fee for that. Will a YouView box with these specs be available via retail, or is YouView inexorably tied to those providers who charge a monthly fee?
  • AshAsh Member Posts: 274 ✭✭
    edited 25 November 2016, 3:38PM

    Like a lot of people I find Freeview adequate for my viewing needs, and so don't see the need to pay a monthly fee for that. Will a YouView box with these specs be available via retail, or is YouView inexorably tied to those providers who charge a monthly fee?

    That's a very good question. It had better be available via the retail route. But given what happened with the T2000 series that wasn't available retail until three or four months after its release. This box may well be the same

    Is this box going to be available via the retail route?
  • SanjSanj Member Posts: 1,644 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited 21 December 2016, 7:57PM

    Like a lot of people I find Freeview adequate for my viewing needs, and so don't see the need to pay a monthly fee for that. Will a YouView box with these specs be available via retail, or is YouView inexorably tied to those providers who charge a monthly fee?

    Hi both,

    Currently, the only way to get the T4000 box would be through BT. If this changes we'll make an announcement. 
  • KeithKeith Member, Super User Posts: 2,448 ✭✭✭
    edited 21 December 2016, 11:30PM

    Like a lot of people I find Freeview adequate for my viewing needs, and so don't see the need to pay a monthly fee for that. Will a YouView box with these specs be available via retail, or is YouView inexorably tied to those providers who charge a monthly fee?

    Thanks Sanj - I expect that is really when such a box is available a further announcement will be made. Perhaps BT will offer a BT retail badged version of the T4000 and Humax will offer a pure retail one in appropriately different case.

    I'm not of course expecting a confimation of the when rather than if ;-)
  • churchwardenchurchwarden Member Posts: 795
    edited 2 December 2016, 8:27PM

    Like a lot of people I find Freeview adequate for my viewing needs, and so don't see the need to pay a monthly fee for that. Will a YouView box with these specs be available via retail, or is YouView inexorably tied to those providers who charge a monthly fee?

    Thanks Sanj. Being a member of this forum for so long has allowed me to hone, almost to perfection, my ability to wait for future events with interminable patience. We'll see what the future brings.
  • VisionmanVisionman Member, Super User Posts: 10,163 ✭✭✭
    edited 26 February 2017, 2:39PM
    Cutting edge. Congrats on being the first. 
    I'm now happy with the disagree icon, because its gone.
  • alal Member, Super User Posts: 1,330 ✭✭✭
    edited 5 March 2017, 2:28PM
    Well done all. I look forward to finally seeing some UHD sport demos. Any recommendations where?
  • stormystormy Member Posts: 1,026 ✭✭
    edited 1 December 2016, 9:24AM

    Like a lot of people I find Freeview adequate for my viewing needs, and so don't see the need to pay a monthly fee for that. Will a YouView box with these specs be available via retail, or is YouView inexorably tied to those providers who charge a monthly fee?

    It begs the question why would we need it at retail anyway? If its just BT sport in UHD it would not have much retail value. I suppose Netflix may be able to utilise it (but will they? They don't seem interested in fixing basic surround sound on Youview).
  • JoeJoe Member, Super User Posts: 2,058 ✭✭✭
    edited 5 March 2017, 2:28PM
    Well done Youview. I can't imagine this not being available to retail eventually. Wonder what the eBay prices will be for these units? Presumably they will be able to act just like retail units if bought second hand? Will they be quicker then the t2000's I wonder? If so Bt/ Humax may as well go straight to retail to make more profit from these new units instead of leaving it to eBay.

    Have to say that this upgrade ( if it is a performance upgrade not withstanding the 4k ) is certainly one the benefits of collaboration with the ISPs. I'm sure hardware upgrades wouldn't come so quickly otherwise.
  • VisionmanVisionman Member, Super User Posts: 10,163 ✭✭✭
    edited 26 February 2017, 2:39PM
    Wow... included with the box is an up to £500 off voucher for an LG UHD TV -

    The stunning picture quality of Ultra HD, with four times the detail of HD, will be the star of BT’s top TV package, Entertainment Ultra HD.

    It includes BT’s new 1TB Ultra HD YouView+ set top box, giving 600 SD or 250 HD hours of storage and 47 premium channels including entertainment, documentary and lifestyle channels, with 13 in HD and the BT Sport Pack with all of the UEFA Champions League and Europe’s first Ultra HD channel, all for £15 a month. It also comes with a voucher for up to £500 off an LG 4K UHD TV.

    http://sport.bt.com/sport-football/news/bt-sport-launches-ultra-hd-package-S11363991113985?s_intcid=...

    I'm now happy with the disagree icon, because its gone.
  • Paul19Paul19 Member Posts: 116
    edited 5 March 2017, 2:28PM
    I have used a LG UGD TV for the trial and yes the picture quality of the live feeds, at the start of the trial, had issues. Now I can only say the picture quality is stunning. Also the UHD VOD really blows you away. From the help files it's not just Sport in UHD but Films and TV content.
  • JoeJoe Member, Super User Posts: 2,058 ✭✭✭
    edited 17 July 2015, 12:50PM
    Joe2 said:

    Well done Youview. I can't imagine this not being available to retail eventually. Wonder what the eBay prices will be for these units? Presumably they will be able to act just like retail units if bought second hand? Will they be quicker then the t2000's I wonder? If so Bt/ Humax may as well go straight to retail to make more profit from these new units instead of leaving it to eBay.

    Have to say that this upgrade ( if it is a performance upgrade not withstanding the 4k ) is certainly one the benefits of collaboration with the ISPs. I'm sure hardware upgrades wouldn't come so quickly otherwise.

    Wonder whether it will work with non 4k TVs for those not needing the 4k, but with mind to benefiting from better performance and a larger harddrive?
  • JoeJoe Member, Super User Posts: 2,058 ✭✭✭
    edited 17 July 2015, 12:53PM
    Paul19 said:

    I have used a LG UGD TV for the trial and yes the picture quality of the live feeds, at the start of the trial, had issues. Now I can only say the picture quality is stunning. Also the UHD VOD really blows you away. From the help files it's not just Sport in UHD but Films and TV content.

    Interesting Paul. Would you be in a position to comment on any performance boost in operation over the t2000's?
  • JoeJoe Member, Super User Posts: 2,058 ✭✭✭
    edited 17 July 2015, 12:55PM
    Paul19 said:

    I have used a LG UGD TV for the trial and yes the picture quality of the live feeds, at the start of the trial, had issues. Now I can only say the picture quality is stunning. Also the UHD VOD really blows you away. From the help files it's not just Sport in UHD but Films and TV content.

    Interesting Paul. Would you be in a position to comment on any performance boost in operation over the t2000's?
  • JoeJoe Member, Super User Posts: 2,058 ✭✭✭
    edited 17 July 2015, 12:55PM
    Paul19 said:

    I have used a LG UGD TV for the trial and yes the picture quality of the live feeds, at the start of the trial, had issues. Now I can only say the picture quality is stunning. Also the UHD VOD really blows you away. From the help files it's not just Sport in UHD but Films and TV content.

    Interesting Paul. Would you be in a position to comment on any performance boost in operation over the t2000's?
  • Paul19Paul19 Member Posts: 116
    edited 17 December 2016, 8:18PM
    Paul19 said:

    I have used a LG UGD TV for the trial and yes the picture quality of the live feeds, at the start of the trial, had issues. Now I can only say the picture quality is stunning. Also the UHD VOD really blows you away. From the help files it's not just Sport in UHD but Films and TV content.

    Performance is much better than the G4 HD box.
  • alal Member, Super User Posts: 1,330 ✭✭✭
    edited 8 December 2016, 12:01PM
    Joe2 said:

    Well done Youview. I can't imagine this not being available to retail eventually. Wonder what the eBay prices will be for these units? Presumably they will be able to act just like retail units if bought second hand? Will they be quicker then the t2000's I wonder? If so Bt/ Humax may as well go straight to retail to make more profit from these new units instead of leaving it to eBay.

    Have to say that this upgrade ( if it is a performance upgrade not withstanding the 4k ) is certainly one the benefits of collaboration with the ISPs. I'm sure hardware upgrades wouldn't come so quickly otherwise.

    The video shows how to set the output to 720p. Also it would be foolish to not offer these to forward thinkers.
  • Paul19Paul19 Member Posts: 116
    edited 17 December 2016, 8:18PM
    Joe2 said:

    Well done Youview. I can't imagine this not being available to retail eventually. Wonder what the eBay prices will be for these units? Presumably they will be able to act just like retail units if bought second hand? Will they be quicker then the t2000's I wonder? If so Bt/ Humax may as well go straight to retail to make more profit from these new units instead of leaving it to eBay.

    Have to say that this upgrade ( if it is a performance upgrade not withstanding the 4k ) is certainly one the benefits of collaboration with the ISPs. I'm sure hardware upgrades wouldn't come so quickly otherwise.

    On the trial box you have HBMI setting of UHD 50fps in either 8 but or 10 bit you also have 720p, 1080i and 1080p. So don't see why not, unless this has changed in the official launch STB. I have just received that but not set up so cannot confirm yet. Will do it over the weekend.
  • alal Member, Super User Posts: 1,330 ✭✭✭
    edited 8 December 2016, 12:01PM
    Paul19 said:

    I have used a LG UGD TV for the trial and yes the picture quality of the live feeds, at the start of the trial, had issues. Now I can only say the picture quality is stunning. Also the UHD VOD really blows you away. From the help files it's not just Sport in UHD but Films and TV content.

    Do you know what the audio format is?
  • JoeJoe Member, Super User Posts: 2,058 ✭✭✭
    edited 17 July 2015, 1:03PM

    Like a lot of people I find Freeview adequate for my viewing needs, and so don't see the need to pay a monthly fee for that. Will a YouView box with these specs be available via retail, or is YouView inexorably tied to those providers who charge a monthly fee?

    Perhaps larger harddrive, and boost to overall performance ?
    But yes Netflix should really sort out the 5.1 sound or lack there of.
  • Paul19Paul19 Member Posts: 116
    edited 17 December 2016, 8:18PM
    Paul19 said:

    I have used a LG UGD TV for the trial and yes the picture quality of the live feeds, at the start of the trial, had issues. Now I can only say the picture quality is stunning. Also the UHD VOD really blows you away. From the help files it's not just Sport in UHD but Films and TV content.

    Stereo and Surround Sound via HDMI AND S/PDIF
  • JoeJoe Member, Super User Posts: 2,058 ✭✭✭
    edited 17 July 2015, 1:05PM
    Paul19 said:

    I have used a LG UGD TV for the trial and yes the picture quality of the live feeds, at the start of the trial, had issues. Now I can only say the picture quality is stunning. Also the UHD VOD really blows you away. From the help files it's not just Sport in UHD but Films and TV content.

    This sounds very good Paul - cheers
  • JoeJoe Member, Super User Posts: 2,058 ✭✭✭
    edited 17 July 2015, 4:19PM
    al said:

    Well done all. I look forward to finally seeing some UHD sport demos. Any recommendations where?

    John Lewis?
  • alal Member, Super User Posts: 1,330 ✭✭✭
    edited 8 December 2016, 12:01PM
    al said:

    Well done all. I look forward to finally seeing some UHD sport demos. Any recommendations where?

    That's the only place I could think of. Unfortunately they don't train their staff on how to set up the equipment so I doubt we'll see BT Sport in UHD. Also the TV will still be set to radioactive "Shop" mode.
  • Paul19Paul19 Member Posts: 116
    edited 17 December 2016, 8:18PM

    Like a lot of people I find Freeview adequate for my viewing needs, and so don't see the need to pay a monthly fee for that. Will a YouView box with these specs be available via retail, or is YouView inexorably tied to those providers who charge a monthly fee?

    Netflix not currently available on UHD box, but coming shortly according to help files on BT
  • JoeJoe Member, Super User Posts: 2,058 ✭✭✭
    edited 17 July 2015, 4:38PM
    al said:

    Well done all. I look forward to finally seeing some UHD sport demos. Any recommendations where?

    Yeah- agreed. I find it extraordinary how difficult it is to see these connected pvrs in action in the shops. If u want a demo it's seemingly impossible to get one. Had the same experience when looking for a freetime demo. Why don't Youview & others encourage john Lewis and other shops to put on demos? Surely it would help with sales?
  • JoeJoe Member, Super User Posts: 2,058 ✭✭✭
    edited 17 July 2015, 4:39PM

    Like a lot of people I find Freeview adequate for my viewing needs, and so don't see the need to pay a monthly fee for that. Will a YouView box with these specs be available via retail, or is YouView inexorably tied to those providers who charge a monthly fee?

    Guess it will offer the 4k options when it arrives?
  • Paul19Paul19 Member Posts: 116
    edited 17 December 2016, 8:18PM
    al said:

    Well done all. I look forward to finally seeing some UHD sport demos. Any recommendations where?

    Afraid you only have to take my word as to how good it is. The UDH channel has gone from a trial channel to ready for launch today. There are sport cameos from the live feed during the trial. One sporting event has a section in slow motion, the player throws up a small divot from his boot, you can see the divor and the blades of grass on the divot. It's not even a close up shot. I know this doesn't help, but I can assure you the difference between HD to UHD is markedly better. Worth the upgrade!
  • AshAsh Member Posts: 274 ✭✭
    edited 25 November 2016, 3:38PM
    al said:

    Well done all. I look forward to finally seeing some UHD sport demos. Any recommendations where?

    If you ever want demos of kit you might want to try richer sounds some of their stores have dedicated demo rooms with loads of kit setup. But it's a bit of a mute point at the moment as no one will have one of these boxes as it's not available retail yet
  • zulu17zulu17 Member, Super User Posts: 1,077 ✭✭
    edited 14 December 2016, 10:35PM
    Paul19 said:

    I have used a LG UGD TV for the trial and yes the picture quality of the live feeds, at the start of the trial, had issues. Now I can only say the picture quality is stunning. Also the UHD VOD really blows you away. From the help files it's not just Sport in UHD but Films and TV content.

    The email I received today  says

    Unfortunately, Netflix is currently unavailable on the new box.


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