Project Canvas is one of six industry players that have committed to supplying the Digital TV Group with key documents that will contribute to the first draft UK Connected TV specification. Canvas, FetchTV, Lovefilm, Miniweb, Sky and Virgin Media have agreed to provide individual functional requirements to the DTG by the end of May. Their contribution will eventually lead to the incorporation of a Connected TV specification as part of D-Book 7. The first draft of the Connected TV standard is expected to be published in July with the full publication slated for December.
Project Canvas, which has gone through a tempestuous relationship with DTG members over the last few months, has agreed to provide the DTG with a bundle of documents in May. These include the Consumer Device Platform Specification, Consumer Device Software Management Specification, Broadcast Content Delivery Specification, IP Content Delivery Specification, and System Metadata Model.
The DTG’s Connected TV standard will provide a baseline implementation on which Canvas, Sky and Virgin Media will then be able to build their own proprietary services.
Separately, the DTG has joined HbbTV as a ‘supporter member’, reflecting its policy to point to international standards where available.