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BT, BBC & ITV bring broadband to the TV

BT, BBC & ITV bring broadband to the TV

BT, BBC & ITV bring broadband to the TV

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

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What happened to Project Kangaroo which was meant to do this? Is this just that renamed?
Plusnet Staff
Breaking news indeed.. published at the same time as Reuters. http://uk.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUKTRE4BA38820081211?feedType=nl&feedName=uktechnology
This sounds like Project Kangaroo with a branding tweak. Maybe there where sick of all the 'bouncing' headlines.Project Canvas is described as waiting for BBC Trust and public consultation, while Kangaroo was looking to be falling foul of the Competitions Commission who think it will stifle competition.
Dan
Grafter
The BBC also announced this week that they are looking at allowing other tv companies, like itv and channel 4, to use the bbc iplayer. Coincidentally, itv also annoucned that they were branding their catch-up system as "ITV iPlayer".
Lets hope this announcement for on demand TV over broadband brings "BT Vision" and "Home Hub" nearer to the top of PlusNet priorities during 2009? It's been lingering in your plans since BT Retail invested in PN back in 2007.
Grafter
Lets hope this announcement for on demand TV over broadband brings "BT Vision" and "Home Hub" nearer to the top of PlusNet priorities during 2009? It's been lingering in your plans since BT Retail invested in PN back in 2007.