Anthony Rose, one of the brains behind the BBC iPlayer, and Freeview marketing director Tim Hunt are to join Project Canvas.
IPTV World Forum – London: BT Vision will be made available through a variety of set-top boxes once Project Canvas is put into place. Addressing the IPTV World Forum in London Richard Young, business development director, BT Vision gave one of the clearest explanations to date on how the hybrid system would be implemented.
Project Canvas has confirmed it has submitted a merger analysis to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). At the same time the organisation is to be joined by Arqiva, further broadening its ownership base.
12.30 Update: BSkyB has said the Digital TV Group is the appropriate forum to develop the technical standards for Project Canvas. In its final submission to the BBC Trust consultation Sky maintains the connected TV venture to be an unnecessary intervention in the market.
DVB World 2010 – Lisbon: The former head of the DVB Project Office has questioned the ability of the organization to build product profiles around its technologies.
DTG Summit – London: Project Canvas has named Cisco, Humax and Technicolor as manufacturer supporters of the broadcast-broadband project.
14.00 Update. Cable Congress 2010 – Brussels. Virgin CEO Neil Berkett has attacked the BBC Trust over the handling of the on-demand online video to TV Canvas project.
13:00 Update: The Digital TV Group (DTG) has told the BBC Trust that the joint venture partners in Project Canvas are still failing to engage with the industry.
The BBC Trust has given its provisional approval to the BBC’s participation in Project Canvas, saying the creation of an open joint venture and engagement with industry can help deliver a common technical standard with features currently unavailable in the market.
The BBC is widely expected to this week receive approval from the BBC Trust for its involvement in Project Canvas. There are now six partners in the project designed to bring internet-based services to the television screen.