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Project Canvas Adds Channel 4 & TalkTalk

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Project Canvas Adds Channel 4 & TalkTalk

Project Canvas is certainly a hot topic this week and its popularity is growing...

Proving easier to woo than Sky, both TalkTalk and Channel 4 has announced they have signed onto the proposed digital delivery platform and will supply television programmes and online content. They join the BBC itself, ITV, Five and BT in committing to a project which aims to create a next generation platform for Freeview and Freesat.

"Project Canvas can help secure the future of free-to-air broadcasting, as well as create an opportunity for a wide range of public services and new commercial models to thrive through an open platform," said Project Canvas project director Richard Halton. "We’re delighted that Channel 4 and TalkTalk have joined the project."

Currently Project Canvas is being vetted by the infamously difficult to please BBC Trust. It will consider what benefits the platform can bring and whether or not it interferes with the integrity of the BBC. Furthermore, despite a growing number of influential companies now behind Canvas, the BBC Trust is a known taskmaster and its approval is by no means certain.

Let's just hope Canvas doesn't go the same way as its previous online equivalent Project Kangaroo...

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Press Release

jopey

December 17, 2009, 5:11 pm

This one better work! They won't bother again and we'll continue to have the fragmented mess of on demand services forever... or hulu will come in and do it and that will just funnel UK money out of the country. The BBC trust will all have to be kicked out if that happens.

Simon

December 17, 2009, 5:50 pm

Agreed, i really hope this works as it would be brilliant. Anything that hurts Murdoch also can only be a good thing.

Pbryanw

December 17, 2009, 11:15 pm

Agreed +1 . This sounds like it could be really good. Hope it makes it past the BBC trust.

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