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Chapter 1 From idea to in-store

From idea to in-store

Rewind to the beginning

The YouView project began life as something called Project Canvas – an idea dreamt up by some people at the BBC who wanted to see if it would be possible to have a box that behaved as a Sky or Virgin Media box, but had no subscription fee. Essentially a single gateway for all the live and on-demand, free-to-air channel content for anyone that wanted to be part of it.

From idea to in-store

The initial stakeholders were the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, BT, Talk Talk and Arqiva. An agreement that the initial idea should be researched was carried forward, which turned Project Canvas into a real company – and YouView was formed.

From idea to in-store

In principle, a single entity that showed multiple provider content was a great idea. But there were always going to be some challenges. Such as, whose platform should they use? Who was going to store the data? Whose way of classifying information was going to work the best? And how was this all going to be managed?

From idea to in-store

Essentially, they needed an impartial consultant. Someone who could act as an advisor. So they called us at Accenture.

From idea to in-store

Dan

Managing Director

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Things get interesting

Being brought in on a project like this wasn’t out of the ordinary. We’d already worked with BT on developing the BT Sport App, so our track record in technology was pretty solid. And advice has always been a strong suit for us. But then something interesting happened.

From idea to in-store

With ambitious launch plans, YouView realised that much of their resources would be needed to get the physical box and front end software and coding in place, meaning that they now needed someone to help build the back end. Thankfully this was another area of expertise for us.

From idea to in-store

Dan

Managing Director

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