youview very disappointing compared to Freeview play ... on new Sony xf90
As title, recently got a new Sony xf90 55 inch TV. Picture is excellent but after initial setup was surprised to find ITV hub and all4 failed with various error messages. Did a factory reset and they finally started working. However I then took delivery of an external HDD to use for recording programs. Pressed the red record button and nothing happened. Investigated the youview menu and after a while was totally gobsmacked to find that in youview mode, recording to external devices does not work! What a mess!
I had been using an external Bush Freeview play zapper box with my old Panasonic TV and happily recording with that (box was £45 from eBay!). I very nearly returned the Sony TV and replaced it with an lg, but decided not to because, in my experience with electronics, virtually no consumer devices do all that you want. I have got another zapper box to regain proper recording functionality but that is pathetic, to have to buy a £45 external box to supplement a £1000 TV.
I am very disappointed about youview on Sony and imo it is not a patch on Freeview play. Sony's implementation has too many limitations (or maybe it is youview and not Sony's fault). As well as losing ALL recording functionality in youview mode, you lose access to all satellite channels. Finally, Freeview play is a smoother implementation. Oh well ... If you have been, thanks for reading!