Controlling your TV straight from your Android device is just about to get a lot easier, at least for YouView owners. YouView is a product that lets you watch both live TV an on-demand content. The YouView box comes with two digital tuners, so you’re able to watch one show while simultaneously recording another. The device comes with a 500GB hard drive (with a 1TB hard drive coming in the future) that lets your save all of your favorite shows/movies for later viewing.
The company had already launched an app for iOS devices, but there was a huge delay in an Android app release. The company optimistically believes that an Android app will be heading to Android devices come May, so that users can take advantage of the “second-screen” feature. This feature lets mobile phone users view YouView’s 7-day TV guide, and remotely record shows/movies via their device. All you have to do is pair your device with your YouView box.
The reason for the 5-month Android app delay is due to the fragmentation of Android devices. YouView had to spend extra time perfecting its app so that a majority (and hopefully all) Android users would be able to use its service. The app shouldn’t be too demanding because all you’re doing is viewing program guides and hitting a “record” button.
YouView is a nice, alternative to a regular digital tuner. There are over 80 free, digital channels available for viewing. Alongside the live selection of shows, and the on-demand selection, there is also a catch-up selection that lets you catch up with TV shows that aired up to 7 days in the past. YouView is also adding premium channels, like Sky’s Now TV, to its line-up that gives consumers a higher-quality viewing experience.[via Recombu]