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2Consumers will have to wait until next year to watch broadband-enabled TV through a YouView set-top box, it has been revealed.

The IPTV project launch has been officially set back until 2012, confirming earlier rumours of a six-month delay to the scheme.

Richard Halton, Chief Executive Officer of YouView, said the focus has always been to deliver a product that is right for consumers, and not rushed.

"Creating a truly open TV platform that will bring consumers increased choice has required significant technological innovation," he explained.

"Our timings for the launch reflect the scale and complexity of this project."

When the service launches, broadband deal subscribers will have access to video on-demand and TV catch-up services via their television sets.

A number of terrestrial broadcasters, plus internet service providers BT and TalkTalk are involved in the joint venture, which was initially referred to as Project Canvas.

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