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The launch of the YouView IPTV service looks set to be delayed, according to reports.

Originally scheduled to go live in the summer of 2011, the service – which has been developed by internet service providers and TV broadcasters – could now be pushed back a further six months.

The Daily Mail reports that technical problems and disagreement between the YouView partners have held up progress, meaning a 2012 launch date now looks most likely.

When the service commences, households will be able to watch broadband-enabled television on their standard TVs using a set-top box.

Viewers will be able to access a variety of online catch-up services – including BBC iPlayer – in the comfort of their own living rooms.

BT and TalkTalk have played key roles in the development of universal standards for the box, although Virgin Media and Sky – which already offer subscription TV services – have objected to the initiative.

A spokesperson for BT told the news provider that while a summer 2011 launch was desirable for YouView, it was most important to "get the service right".

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