Project Canvas

UK Broadcaster, Five, Withdraws from Project Canvas

The partners behind Project Canvas --an initiative that sees 1) the BBC and other UK public-service broadcasters, 2) UK ISP's, BT and TalkTalk, and 3) UK broadcast transmission company, Arqiva, partnering in order to attempt to develop a common standard and interface for the delivery of online catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer, the ITV player and 4oD, as well as other Internet-based services (including VOD and interactive TV widgets), to broadband-connected Freeview and...

Project Canvas Sets Out its Approach to Content Protection

--Will Use Marlin DRM to Protect Premium Content
The companies behind Project Canvas --an initiative that sees 1) the BBC and the UK's other public-service broadcasters, ITV, Channel 4 and Five, 2) UK ISP's, BT and TalkTalk, and 3) UK broadcast transmission company, Arqiva, partnering in order to attempt to develop a common standard and interface for the delivery of online catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer, the ITV player and 4oD, as well as other Internet-based services (including VOD and interactive...

BBC Interactive TV Exec, Rahul Chakkara, Named Director of Online at TalkTalk

UK ISP, TalkTalk , has announced the appointment of Rahul Chakkara to the newly created position of director of online. Chakkara was previously controller of TV platforms for the BBC's Future Media & Technology group (prior to that, he was director of marketing at NDS), in which role he headed up the corporation's red-button interactive TV efforts, played a significant role in the development of the BBC iPlayer catch-up service, and was closely involved in...

News Round-Up (I): BBC Trust-Project Canvas, "Doctor Who," Canoe Ventures

--Trust Approves BBC's Participation in Project Canvas
--First "Interactive Episode" of BBC's "Doctor Who" Proves Successful
--Canoe Ventures Launches Interactive TV RFI Advertising on Comcast, Time Warner Cable
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers. We will resume our regular format and publishing schedule tomorrow (Tuesday). The BBC 's governing body, the BBC Trust , has approved the corporation's participation in Project Canvas , an initiative that sees 1) the BBC and the UK's other public-service broadcasters, ITV, Channel...

Sky Unveils Sky Anytime+ Broadband VOD Service, Accessible via Sky+ HD Set-Tops

--Netgem Powers Telstra's New Hybrid Broadcast/Broadband T-Box
--Report: Microsoft to Announce Launch of Subscription-Based Version of Hulu on Xbox Live at E3
--Report: Project Canvas to Be Branded as "YouView"
--Apple's Jobs: Subsidized Set-Top Boxes Undermine TV Innovation
UK satellite-TV provider, BSkyB , on Wednesday unveiled a new Internet-based VOD service, called Sky Anytime+ , that will be accessible in the living room via the Ethernet connection in the company's existing Sky+ HD set-top boxes--though the new service's content will initially only be available in SD. In order to access the service, which will be enabled by an over-the-air software download to Sky's HD set-tops later this year, Sky customers will also have...

News Round-Up

--Brightcove Launches Operations in France
--Google Launches WebM Open Web Media Project
--Kyte Launches Android SDK and Application Framework
--QuickPlay Media Launches PrimeTime2Go on Android-Powered Motorola Smartphones
--Project Canvas Gets Green Light from Office of Fair Trading
--Roku Publishes Demo Videos of its New Netflix UI and its UFC Channel
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Broadband video platform provider, Brightcove , has announced the official launch of company operations in France. It has opened an office in Paris and appointed Henri Hallynck as director of regional sales for France. It has also announced a strategic partnership with Hub Sales, and customer wins with Societe Generale, Audi France and Roche. The company has...

News Round-Up

--ADB Demo's tru2way Set-Back Box with Limited DVR Functionality
--Australian OTT Service, FetchTV, Selects Envivio's Delivery Platform
--Report: Hulu Plus Will Not Launch This Month
--Project Canvas Seeking Eighth Partner
--Discovery's Zaslav Will Not Stand for Re-Election to TiVo's Board
--YouTube Launches Localized South African Version of its Service
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: At the NCTA Cable Show in Los Angeles last week, Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) demo'd a tru2way "set-back box," code-named "Phantom," that provides some DVR functionality by using standard SD High Capacity (SDHC) cards for video storage. Light Reading Cable's Jeff Baumgartner has mor e. Envivio has announced that Australian OTT service, FetchTV , has selected its...

Project Canvas Publishes Deadline for Expressions of Interest by Potential Partners

--Project Canvas CTO and Director of Marketing Named
--BT Exec Says Company Will Remain Committed to BT Vision even after Canvas Launches
Project Canvas --an initiative that sees 1) UK public service broadcasters, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five, 2) UK ISP's, BT and Talk Talk, and 3), as of last week, UK broadcast transmission company, Arqiva ( see the article published on itvt.com, March 23rd ), partnering in order to attempt to develop a common standard and interface for the delivery of online catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer, the ITV player and 4oD,...

Project Canvas Announces Arqiva's Participation, Submits Merger Analysis to UK's Office of Fair Trading

--Wii iPlayer Surpasses 1 Million Downloads, Updated Version Released
Project Canvas --an initiative that sees UK public service broadcasters, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five, and UK ISP's, BT and Talk Talk, partnering in order to attempt to develop a common standard and interface for the delivery of online catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer, the ITV player and 4oD, as well as other Internet-based services (including VOD and interactive TV widgets), to broadband-connected Freeview and Freesat set-top boxes (note: the partners...

BBC To Offer over 2,000 Hours of Winter Olympics Coverage through the Red Button

--Will Also Offer Winter Olympics Social/Interactive TV Channels Online
--Huggers: Project Canvas to Feature App Store, Offer SDK
The BBC has unveiled its multiplatform/interactive TV coverage plans for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver . According to the corporation: Over 2,000 hours of coverage will be available through the red button (note: this compares to the approximately 160 hours of coverage that the BBC plans to offer on terrestrial channel, BBC Two). Digital viewers will be able to use their remotes to access up to six additional streams of coverage (four of them...

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