Project Canvas

BBC Trust Provisionally Approves BBC's Further Participation in Project Canvas

--BBC to Revert to Earlier iPlayer Syndication Policy, Releases Figures on iPlayer Viewing on Mobiles
As expected, the BBC governing body, the BBC Trust , has provisionally approved the BBC's further participation in Project Canvas , an initiative on which the corporation is partnering with UK public service broadcasters, ITV, Channel 4 and Five, and UK ISP's, BT and Talk Talk , 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,...

IP Vision Teams with ANT to Make FetchTV OTT Platform Available on Third-Party Devices

--BBC Trust Expected to Approve BBC's Participation in Project Canvas this Week--But With Conditions
IP Vision --a company, backed by French set-top box vendor, Netgem, which currently offers a hybrid set-top box, called the FetchTV SmartBox , that combines reception of linear channels from the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview, with OTT access to pay-per-view and subscription-based online VOD services, as well as to free, online programming catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer (note: the company says that the box--which can be connected to any broadband access...

Channel 4 and Talk Talk Join Project Canvas

--All UK Public Service Broadcasters Are Now Partners in the Project
UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, Channel 4 , and ISP, Talk Talk (which, among other things, operates the UK's Tiscali TV IPTV service), have become members of Project Canvas , joining the BBC, UK commercial terrestrial broadcasters ITV and Five, and UK incumbent telco BT, in the project, which is seeking to develop a common standard and interface for the delivery of online catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer and the ITV player, as well...

News Round-Up

--BBC Develops MOLE for Live Red-Button Events
--Informational Web Site Launched for Project Canvas
--FCC Seeks Info on How STB's Might Encourage Viewing of Broadband Video
--UK Broadcaster Five in Deal to Offer Full-Length Programs on YouTube
--SAMBA Project Uses Interactive TV to Deliver Interactive Communications to Remote Communities
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: In a posting on the BBC's Press Red blog, Chris Tangye, assistant development producer for BBC Red Button, discusses MOLE, a new tool that the BBC Red Button team has developed in order to facilitate the production of live, red-button events. Project Canvas --the joint initiative between the BBC, UK commercial terrestrial broadcasters ITV and Five, and...

News Round-Up

--Project Canvas Price Tag Revealed, Venture Seeks to Take More Open Approach
--Blitz Develops Interactive Augmented Reality Music Video for John Mayer
--Cablevision Using Zodiac Interactive's EBIF User Agent
--IneoQuest Launches Video Quality Assurance Solution for iPhone
--RVU Alliance Attracts More Members
--Channel 4 Exec Tapped as Commercial Head of Arqiva's SeeSaw Broadband VOD Service
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Project Canvas --the joint initiative between the BBC, UK commercial broadcasters ITV and Five, and UK incumbent telco BT, that seeks to develop a common standard and interface for the delivery of online catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer and the ITV player, as well as other Internet-based VOD services, to broadband-connected set-top boxes--is expected to...

Project Canvas Director Responds to BSkyB's Criticisms

--Says Openness and Standards-Compliance Are Key to the Joint-OTT Venture
In a posting on a BBC blog, Monday, Richard Halton , director of Project Canvas --the joint over-the-top venture between the BBC, ITV, Five and BT, that seeks to develop a common standard and interface for the delivery of online catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer and the ITV player, as well as other Internet-based VOD services, to broadband-connected set-top boxes--responded to the criticisms that were levied at the project by BSkyB in a...

News Round-Up

--Brightcove Tapped by STV to Power Long-Form, Catch-Up HD Programming Initiatives
--BSkyB Attacks Project Canvas in New Submission to BBC Trust
--Channel 4 Said to Be Close to Deal to Offer Majority of its Content on YouTube
--Monotype Licenses Typefaces to Yahoo! for TV Widget Development Kit
--Nielsen Invites Clients to Meeting to Discuss Implications of "TV Everywhere"
--Redux Supporting Facebook and Twitter Feed Importing
--Scripps' New Cooking Channel to Feature VOD, "Fully Interactive Internet and Broadband Platform"
--Shaw Communications Adding More Content to its VOD Service
--Virgin Media to Trial Delivery of TV over Copper Phonelines
--Layoffs at ZillionTV
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Brightcove has announced that Scottish broadcaster, STV, is using its platform to launch "a series of new HD-quality, long-form video initiatives for catch-up viewing purposes," including making its three-part documentary series, "Scotland Revealed," available through its STV Player service for 90 days without the geo-restrictions typically imposed by UK broadcasters' catch-up TV services. In a submission to...

European Broadcasting Union Technical Committee Agrees on Steps for Hybrid Broadcast Broadband

The Technical Committee of the European Broadcasting Union (note: the latter, generally referred to as the EBU, is a confederation of 75 mostly public-service broadcasters from 56 countries) announced this week that it has agreed to a set of measures for Hybrid Broadcast Broadband (HBB) services and devices. In a statement published on the EBU Web site, the Committee says that, while it recognizes the "exciting opportunities" HBB technologies present for viewers and broadcasters, and...

Microsoft to Launch Full-Episode Online Programming Service, "MSN Video Player," in the UK

--Microsoft Says Twitter and Facebook Apps for Xbox 360 to Launch "Before Christmas"
--Terrestrial Broadcaster, Five, Joins Project Canvas
According to reports from the UK that were breaking just as [itvt] went to press, Microsoft is set to launch a new MSN Video Player service in that country that will feature free, full-length programming. At launch, around 60 titles--including "Hustle," "League of Gentlemen," "Peep Show," "Shameless" and "The Young Ones"--totaling around 300 hours of programming will be available on the browser-based service, thanks to new deals that Microsoft has signed with BBC Worldwide and...

BBC Executive Responds to BBC Trust's Request for More Information on Project Canvas

--Stresses Willingness to Work with Relevant Industries and International Standards Bodies
The BBC Trust , the body responsible for public oversight of the BBC, said Friday that the BBC Executive has responded to its request for additional information on Project Canvas , a joint over-the-top venture between the BBC, UK commercial broadcaster ITV, and UK incumbent telco BT, which seeks to develop a common standard and interface for the delivery of online catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer and the ITV player, as well as...

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