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YouView has bolstered its BBC offerings with an update.

It now gives you access to the BBC's Red Button feature, which gives you hours of extra content – like replays and different camera angles – during live sports fixtures, catch-up services for news and sport, and weather forecasts specific to your post code.

The revamped iPlayer service also arrives, making it easier than ever to find which shows you're looking for from the last 30 days. You can also watch shows exclusive to iPlayer, browse new categories and see shows grouped by series, season, event or theme.

The new features come via a software upgrade. This is hitting Humax and BT's Freeview set-top boxes now, and will reach TalkTalk's "in due course".

"We are delighted to give YouView customers the best in free-to-air functionality," Richard Halton, YouView's CEO, said in a statement.

"New BBC iPlayer and BBC Connected Red Button are just two of the many ways we're evolving and improving the YouView on-demand service ensuring seamless and easy access to great TV for everyone."

YouView is now in over 1 million UK homes, but could soon come under threat from a forthcoming service called Freeview Connect.

YouView was meant to be for everyone, but the set-top boxes have stayed prohibitively expensive. As a result, most are sold bundled with broadband subscriptions from the likes of TalkTalk or BT. Freeview Connect will aim to keep the cost down, and succeed where YouView hasn't.

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