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You can now search by genre on the YouView app for iPhone and iPad.

The app has been updated with the functionality which should make it easier to find your favourite programmes.

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Just head to the new TV Categories section, and you'll be able to browse TV and radio shows by genre.

It also gives you a reminder to connect the YouView app to your YouView+ set-top box to get the most out of the app.

The functionality is yet to come to YouView's Android app. YouView has made no announcement on whether it will or not.

It updated its Android app last month to enable review recording requests, and to let viewers see which shows had failed to record.

YouView may have to change its name. A High Court ruled recently that the service infringed another company's trademark, and so might have to rebrand. YouView has appealed.

More trouble is on the horizon for the service. The next generation of Freeview – called Freeview Connect – is rumoured to offer a mix of digital terrestrial TV and online content delivered via broadband. This is what YouView currently offers, so Freeview Connect could be a real threat to YouView.

Freeview's shareholders are said to be annoyed that YouView has effectively become a subscription service since most of its set-top boxes are sold as part of a broadband package instead of standalone.

Freeview Connect will aim to be the service that YouView was supposed to be.

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