Now, set top box that turns you into TV time traveller
Even though few television innovations have matched the popularity of the multi-channel packages, the new YouView system is being touted as the technology that could change the way we watch TV.
While latest technologies enable you to view shows you've missed, they involve a modicum of basic computer skills. For those people who are able to grasp these, it's also possible to connect a laptop showing iPlayer to your TV.
However, YouView has for the first time integrated standard TV and internet TV in a more or less seamless way, so archived programmes on these 'catch-up' services can be fed into your living room TV regardless of your computer skills.
The main advantage of YouView is that it has an on-screen guide showing programmes that were screened during the past seven days as well as those due to be broadcast over the next seven days on all the main channels, the Daily Mail reported.
Even the dreaded 'buffering', the frustrating intermittent delay often experienced while programmes download to a computer, has largely been done away with.
By removing all the hassles involved in using the TV stations' already available catch-up services, YouView has pulled off the trick much-loved by clever firms - taking a technology that's already proven and adding a bit of magic to make it easy to use and desirable.
In fact, being able to go back in time on your programme guide already exists on Virgin Media, but the launch of YouView is expected to see it really take off.
The main one is that it gets you a wider variety of channels than a standard Freeview box, but without any subscription charges.
YouView offers more than 70 TV and radio channels, some in high definition, as well as a further 300 so-called 'content providers'.
The major drawback to YouView is that even though there are no subscriptions to pay, it will be expensive to get the initial equipment.
The YouView set top box currently being sold costs 299 pounds but these start-up costs are expected to soon come down.