YouView, the TV platform that runs on set-top boxes from TalkTalk and BT, is set to get a major overhaul that will make it much more accessible via mobile devices.
The user interface has been completely redesigned to put more emphasis on images and provide helpful shortcuts to help people find the programmes they want to watch faster.
There’s a new mini-guide that takes up the bottom third of the screen and offers quick access to live channels, on-demand apps, recordings and settings.
The main menu and recordings library have also been rejigged, so users can get at more content with fewer clicks.
Behind-the-scenes changes mean apps such as BBC iPlayer will load more quickly, and navigation between channels will be slicker.
The entire YouView platform has also been moved to the cloud, so YouView can add functionality and enhance features in days or weeks, rather than the months or years.
This will also allow the company to "rapidly adopt enhanced mobile and app technology" and enable "multi-room viewing in the future," according to the company’s CTO Nick Thexton.
TalkTalk TV customers will be the first to receive the update, starting on Monday, November 28. It will take a few months for it to roll out to all 1.3 million customers.
In addition to YouView updates, TalkTalk is adding a new "MoreTV" menu that will promote premium content available through its "Boost" channel packages and the TalkTalk TV Store.
A new TalkTalk TV Planner app will also let users set reminders or record live TV from their mobile – so if you’re stuck at work and about to miss a programme, you can simply hit record, and the show will be waiting when you get home.
"The way we watch TV is constantly evolving, said Aleks Habdank, managing director of TalkTalk TV.
"Our customers now want to mix and match between popular shows on the likes of the BBC and ITV; rent a movie every now and then; binge watch Netflix boxsets; or dip in and out of extra Sky Sports, kids or entertainment channels.
"TalkTalk TV gives you access to a full range of the best TV, all in one place, and better still without a lengthy contract. It’s TV on your terms."
TalkTalk said it will contact customers directly to inform them of when their upgrade will take place. Customers simply have to ensure their set top box is connected to the internet for the update to take place automatically overnight.