YouView update rolled out, brings with it surround sound, faster start-up times and more

YouView has begun rolling out an update that will introduce an array of new features to all of its TV set-top boxes. 

Customers will now be able to fire up their box quicker, whether in standby mode or switched off, while the auto-standby setting can be altered from two to twelve hours, depending how concerned you are about your electricity bill. 

Series that have been recorded will now be grouped together, making it easier to locate specific shows in the MyView section, and the update will also introduce surround sound when the box is connected with S/PDIF.

Shows can be skipped in 60-second instalments, or rewound by 15 seconds, whether watching recordings or live TV, as long as you’ve paused or rewound the show at least once. 

If you find those red button prompts annoying, they can be hidden by pressing the green button on the remote control, while the programme guide will be made crisper with the use of a bolder, stronger font. 

The update is now available on YouView’s own Humax boxes, but will be arriving on all other versions, including TalkTalk’s offering, in the coming weeks. 

The YouView update should arrive automatically so long as your box is connected to the internet. Customers can see if they’ve received the update by checking the Software Version in the Settings menu.

YouView provides an on-demand TV catch up service for channels from BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, without the need for a subscription.