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If you're excited at the prospect of next-generation Freeview, you won't have long to wait to find out more. That's because the technical details of Freeview Connect will be announced this year.

Freeview Connect promises to bring digital terrestrial channels through an aerial, as well as catch-up services like BBC iPlayer and 4oD over broadband.

In that respect, it will be like YouView.

Unfortunately, Freeview Connect is unlikely to launch this year. But at least we'll know more about it.

The details will be published by the Digital TV Group, a body which advises TV providers in the UK.

We do know that Freeview Connect will launch in the next five years, and that the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 are on board.

It will be in direct competition with YouView. According to reports, YouView's shareholders – including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel Five – have become disillusioned with the service after it became largely a pay TV business.

The price of YouView boxes has remained high, meaning most are sold with subscription bundles or broadband contracts. Which is far from the original vision of a free-to-air service.

There's more bad news for YouView – it may have to change its name following a High Court ruling this week.



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