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BBC Delivers Project Canvas Details


BBC Delivers Project Canvas Details

Unlike Ofcom and its, shall we say, controversial handing of Project Kangaroo the BBC Trust seems to be doing a good job with Project Canvas, having given its approval and issued a slew of information pertaining to its development. No matter how much Sky Wishes to protest, it looks like Canvas is definitely coming.

As previously mentioned, Canvas won't be a distribution system, as such, but rather a set of hardware and software standards for IP-distributed content. It's rather like Freesat, in fact; any manufacturer or distributor can get on board, but it has to meet a set spec to do so. The intention is for hardware to be available by Christmas 2010, which means the specs are going to need to be nailed down reasonably soon, to give hardware manufacturers enough time to actually built kit. Again, as with Freesat, it's likely only one or two partners will have hardware at launch, with others following suit later.

The EPG will be designed by the BBC. Though obviously not finalised yet by any stretch of the imagination, the sample shots look pretty snazzy and just a little reminiscent of the in-film interactive menus of more recent Blu-rays. Canvas is to be jointly owned by public service broadcasters and ISPs and, as you can see above, will maintain control of the vast majority of the user experience - despite third party's protests.

Further consultation is now taking place, with details coming in the Autumn, so keep a weather eye on the horizon.


BBC Trust

Via The Register.


July 28, 2009, 11:40 pm

Is it just me or does it seem like Sky is just objecting to this because it will eat away at their potential customers?


July 29, 2009, 2:39 am

I didn't realise the full potential of Project Canvas until I saw the screen shots. All I can say is wow! This is truly the future of TV! Bring it on!


July 29, 2009, 2:49 am

I hope it will be a platform for HD on-demand content too, but no sign of HD in the article? Although, in light of the recent Ofcom report, I wonder how many people could stream HD, even by 2010?


July 29, 2009, 2:57 pm

I'm intrigued by the "Sorry Service Content" in the red.


July 29, 2009, 4:05 pm

hank: The monitor I'm currently on is not very clear, but I'm pretty sure it says "Sony Service Content".


July 29, 2009, 7:15 pm

So this would need entirely new hardware? I was hoping it would be a firmware upgrade to my humax freesat+ box. How is this different to the service we'll (eventually) get through the ethernet port on the back of current freesat boxes?

Tony Walker

July 30, 2009, 8:47 am

@Hank and Mr Godfrey

Does say Sony and you will not from the key on the right that those sections in reddy-orange are manufacturer controlled.

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