YouSee

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YouSee
Formerly called
Tele Danmark Kabel TV
TDC Kabel TV
OnCable
Founded 1995; 22 years ago (1995)
Headquarters Copenhagen, Denmark
Area served
Denmark
Parent TDC Group
Website yousee.dk
TDC Group & YouSee headquarters in Sydhavnen, Copenhagen.

YouSee is the largest quadruple play service provider in Denmark, and is a subsidiary of TDC Group, the largest telecommunications company in Denmark. YouSee currently has 1.1 million customers in Denmark.[1]

Background[edit]

In 1963, the Danish regional telephone company Jydsk Telefon found an interest in cable television, but only in 1985 did the Folketing give permission for the regional companies to build a nationwide cable TV infrastructure.[2] In November 1990, the Folketing passed a law that paved the way for a nationwide Danish telecom. The company was named Tele Danmark and was the parent company for the existing regional companies (KTAS, Jydsk Telefon, Tele Sønderjylland, Fyns Telefon, and Rigstelefonen).[3][4]

In 1995, the regional companies were merged into Tele Danmark, and the first nationwide cable TV company, Tele Danmark Kabel TV was created.[5] Five years later, in 2000, Tele Danmark changed its name to TDC, and thus Tele Danmark Kabel TV became TDC Kabel TV.[6] In early 2001 TDC Kabel TV changed its brand name to OnCable as a way for consumers to know they could get more than just TV.[7] This brand name was scrapped in October the following year, reverting back to TDC Kabel TV.[8]

In 2007, TDC folded its subsidiaries back into the parent company with the exception of TDC Kabel TV, which continued as an independent legal identity.[9] Later in the year, on 1 October 2007, TDC Kabel TV changed its name to YouSee to once again signal a focus on more than just TV.[10]

On 1 July 2016 the TDC consumer business was merged with YouSee, migrating the entire TDC customer base of IPTV, broadband and mobile consumers to YouSee.[11] The mobile phone network continues to use the 'TDC' name, as its built by TDC Group instead of YouSee.[12]

Services[edit]

YouSee Broadband[edit]

YouSee has offered internet via cable television since building a return path (using DOCSIS) on the network in the years 2000-2002.[13] It had previously been marketed under the name Webspeed, but was re-branded as YouSee Broadband in 2007.[14]

Today YouSee continues to serve broadband to consumers either via coaxial cable, Optical fiber or through the old cobber telephone lines (DSL).

Prior to April 2016 costumers had to subscribe to at least the basic TV channel package to get broadband over cable. This requirement was removed after parent company TDC was forced - by the authorities - to allow other broadband companies to serve broadband to consumers using the TDC/YouSee infrastructure without the consumer having to have a TV package from YouSee.[15]

In 2012 YouSee began offering 100 Mbit/s download speeds.[16] Four years later, in 2016, 300 Mbit/s was introduced as the top download speed.[17] Also in 2016, YouSee started a nationwide upgrade of their broadband infrastructure in a partnership with Huawei. The upgrade enables gigabit download speeds by deploying DOCSIS 3.1 nationwide, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.[18] Later in 2016 an upgrade of the cobber broadband network was announced in partnership with Nokia enabling up to 300 Mbit/s speeds (using Vplus) depending on the distance between the household and the nearest cabinet.[19] On 8 May 2017 YouSee began offering 1000 Mbit/s download speeds in the areas where DOCSIS 3.1 had been deployed.[20]

Current internet tiers[edit]

As of May 2017:[21]

Download Speed Upload Speed Notes
25 Mbit/s 5 Mbit/s
50 Mbit/s 10 Mbit/s
100 Mbit/s 20 Mbit/s
150 Mbit/s 30 Mbit/s
300 Mbit/s 60 Mbit/s
500 Mbit/s 60 Mbit/s Not yet available nationwide.
1000 Mbit/s 100 Mbit/s Not yet available nationwide.

In DOCSIS 3.1 areas, customers can pay extra to have their upload speeds increased making the following speeds available:[22]

Download Speed Upload Speed
25 Mbit/s 25 Mbit/s
50 Mbit/s 50 Mbit/s
100 Mbit/s 100 Mbit/s
300 Mbit/s 300 Mbit/s
500 Mbit/s 500 Mbit/s
1000 Mbit/s 500 Mbit/s

Speeds are given in megabits per second, where 1 megabit = 0.125 megabytes = 125000 bytes.

Cable modems[edit]

Current and previous cable modems from YouSee[23]

Maker Model Protocol Notes
SAGEMCOM F@ST 3890 DOCSIS 3.1[24]
SAGEMCOM F@ST 3686 DOCSIS 3.0[25] Discontinued[26]
Netgear C6250EMR DOCSIS 3.0[27] Discontinued
Netgear CG3700 DOCSIS 3.0[28] Discontinued
Netgear CG3200 DOCSIS 3.0[29] Discontinued
Netgear CG3000 DOCSIS 3.0[30] Discontinued
Netgear CG2000 DOCSIS 2.0[31] Discontinued
Netgear CVG824G DOCSIS 2.0[32] Discontinued
Scientific Atlanta Webstar DPC 2203 DOCSIS 2.0[33] Discontinued
Scientific Atlanta Webstar DPX 2203 DOCSIS 2.0[34] Discontinued
Motorola SB5101 DOCSIS 2.0[35] Discontinued
Motorola SB5100 DOCSIS 2.0[36] Discontinued
Motorola SB4200 DOCSIS 1.1[37] Discontinued

YouSee TV[edit]

On 15 September 2009 YouSee decided to unencrypt its digital TV distribution, under the marketing name YouSee Clear.[38] However, a parallel analogue distribution was maintained for customers with TV sets that were unable to receive digital signals. At the time YouSee distributed channels in both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 but in April 2013, YouSee stopped this simulcasting to focus on MPEG-4 only.[39] The name YouSee Clear was used until 1 July 2014 were it was renamed YouSee Tv.[40]

The analogue TV signal was finally switched off on February 9, 2016.[41] In early 2017, YouSee switched off their cable radio services, which had been used to redistribute several Danish and foreign FM radio stations.[42]

Today, YouSee broadcasts digital television over coaxial cable and optical fiber using DVB-C and MPEG-4. YouSee also offers IPTV over coaxial cable, optical fiber and cobber telephone cables.

The main products are the three packages: Basic, Medium and Full. Extra channels can be bought separately if the consumer subscribes to at least the basic package.

As of March 2017, YouSee offers 103 channels, of which 66 are in HD.[43]

Set-top boxes[edit]

The newest set-top box is a YouSee branded Humax set-up box. It was released on 18 April 2016.[44]

Current and former set-top boxes:[45][46][47][48]

Generation Released Maker Model Notes
5 18 April 2016 Humax YSR-2000
4 2008 Samsung SMT-H3126 Discontinued
3 2006 Sagem ICD 60 Discontinued
2 2003 Sagem ICD 4210 Discontinued
1 1997-1999 Sagem ICD 3000 Discontinued

Current channel packages[edit]

As of June 2017.[49]

EPG No. Channel In HD Package
1 DR1 Yes Basic
2 DR2 Yes Basic
3 DR K Yes Basic
4 Kanal 5 Yes Basic
5 TV 2 Yes Basic
6 TV 2 Zulu Yes Medium
7 TV 2 Charlie Yes Medium
8 TV 2 News Yes Medium
9 TV 3 Yes Basic
10 TV3+ Yes Medium
11 TV 3 Puls No Medium
12 Kanal 4 Yes Medium
13 YouSee Info Channel Yes Basic
14 6'eren Yes Medium
15 CANAL9 Yes Medium
16 TLC Yes Medium
17 Discovery Channel Yes Full
18 BBC Brit Yes Full
19 TNT Yes Full
20 MTV Yes Full
21 DR3 Yes Basic
22 TV 2 Fri Yes Full
23 dk4 Yes Basic
24 Comedy Central Yes Full
25 TV 2 Regional Yes Basic
26 National Geographic Channel Yes Full
27 DR Ramasjang Yes Basic
28 Disney Channel Yes Full
29 Disney XD No Full
30 Cartoon Network No Full
31 Nickelodeon Yes Full
32 Disney Junior No Full
33 DR Ultra Yes Basic
34 Boomerang No Full
35 ID Discovery Yes Full
37 TV3 Sport 1 Yes Full
38 TV3 Sport 2 Yes Full
39 Eurosport 1 Yes Full
41 Eurosport 2 Yes Full
49 TV 2 Sport Yes Full
50 Animal Planet Yes Full
51 Nat Geo People Yes Full
52 Nat Geo Wild Yes Full
55 YouSee Extra Channel Yes Basic
63 BBC Earth Yes Full
65 Viasat Series Yes Full
66 YouSee Trailer Channel Yes Basic
73 VH1 No Full
80 24 Nordjyske Yes Basic
81 TV 2 Regional Yes Basic
84 BBC World News No Full
85 CNN No Full
87 SVT1 Yes Basic
88 SVT2 Yes Basic
89 TV4 Yes Basic
90 NRK1 Yes Basic
91 ARD Yes Basic
92 ZDF Yes Basic
93 NDR Yes Basic
94 RTL Yes Basic
95 Folketing Channel Yes Basic
96 Local TV No Basic
890 DR1 (audio description) Yes Basic
891 DR2 (audio description) Yes Basic
892 DR3 (audio description) Yes Basic

YouSee Mobile[edit]

Parent company TDC had in 2011 acquired the mobile virtual network operator Onfone which at the time were using the network of Telenor.[50] After the acquisition, Onfone switched to the TDC mobile network, but were kept as a separate brand until December 2013 where Onfone were re-branded as YouSee Mobile.[51]

The YouSee Mobile service uses the network of parent company, TDC Group. This network covers 99.5% of Denmark using 2G, 3G and 4G.[52]

It was announced in September 2013 that Huawei were to do a complete overhaul of the 3G and 4G network infrastructure starting on 1 March 2014 and lasting 6 years.[53]

YouSee Mobile Broadband[edit]

Using the 3G and 4G network of parent company TDC, YouSee offers mobile broadband with included data ranging from 10 GB to 500 GB.

YouSee Telephony[edit]

TDC Kabel TV started offering IP telephony in 2005 branding it Cabletalk.[54] This was re-branded as YouSee Telefoni in 2007 as part of the overall YouSee name change.[55]

YouSee continues to offer fixed telephony services using IP as well as traditional landline.

Retail stores[edit]

YouSee now operates 44 stores around the country, after a re-branding of TDC stores to the YouSee brand began in March 2016.[56]

Discontinued products[edit]

YouBio[edit]

With the prospect of facing competition from both Netflix and HBO when they announced their streaming services would be available in Denmark late 2012,[57][58] YouSee announced plans for their own upcoming streaming service. It would be called YouBio (a play on the Danish word for cinema, biograf), and it launched on 7 December 2012.[59]

The service was available as an app on Smart TVs from LG,[60] Samsung,[61] on Android,[62] and iOS.[63] Costumers could also buy a separate digital media player YouBio Boks which YouSee had developed.[64]

In June 2014 TDC announced YouBio would become a movie rental service as they couldn't compete with Netflix who had been more successful than TDC had imagined.[65] Later in the year YouBio was shut down completely.[66]

YouSee Play[edit]

YouSee Play was launched on 6 October 2014 as the future of cable tv.[67] It made it possible for costumers to watch their tv channel subscriptions on smartphones, smart TVs, tablets and computers.

Less than a year later, on 25 August 2015 YouSee Play was shut down, although the features was carried over to the existing main YouSee TV product.[68]

YouSee Wifi-Spot[edit]

In March 2014, a new service called YouSee Wifi-Spot was launched.[69] The idea was to create Wifi hotspots around the country by enabling a second Wifi broadcast on YouSee cable modems. A further 10 Mbit/s speed was added on to participating customers bandwidth as a measure to not have the public wifi hotspot affect the customers own private wifi.

The service was shut down by the end of the month, on 31 March 2014, following incidents of people's files and devices being accessed via security breaches between the public wifi hotspot and the customers own private wifi.[70]

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