Breaking news: A partnership comprising the BBC, BT and ITV has just announced a plan to bring a new common industry approach to deliver on-demand TV over broadband, dubbed 'Project Canvas'. The full press release is available on the ITV website, but here's a taster.
"The BBC, ITV and BT today are joining together to work as partners to promote a common industry approach and consumer offer to deliver on demand TV over broadband. The initiative is open for all public service broadcasters, device developers and other ISPs."
It sounds like this might be an initiative big enough to truly bring TV over broadband from the PC onto the TV. We're big fans of the BBC iPlayer and like the sound of something that could build on that success. The service will work alongside Freeview and Freesat. Here's a quote from Ian Livingston, BT's CEO:
"Television and broadband are a compelling combination. Together they can offer live TV along with an unrivalled choice of on demand content and interactive services. It will mean that you can watch what you want whenever you want on your television. We are looking forward to working with The BBC, ITV and other internet service providers to support an open standard for the free to air market in the UK."
As we find out more we'll let you know... Neil Armstrong Products Director, Plusnet