YouView set-top boxes, which will let you watch online catch-up and on-demand services, will have at least half a gigabyte of RAM and a hard disc of at least 320GB for recording TV, the organisation has announced.
Its boxes will be powered by Linux, have at least one HDMI connection, two USB ports, an Ethernet socket and 802.11n Wi-Fi. Two DVBT/T2 tuners mean you can watch one channel and record another.
Huawei, Manhattan, Pace and Vestel are on board to make the boxes, YouView says. They join Cisco, Humax and Technicolor, so it looks like there'll be plenty of choice about which boxes to get. Those manufacturers often make hardware branded with the name of the service provider -- Sky+ or Virgin Media boxes, for example -- so it's possible YouView hardware will be branded by TalkTalk or other ISPs.
Each manufacturer will design their own remote controls, so there won't be a standard design.
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