Project Canvas Invites CE Manufacturers to Submit Expressions of Interest in Developing Canvas Devices

The partners behind Project Canvas on Wednesday formally invited expressions of interest from consumer equipment manufacturers to develop and bring Canvas devices to market in 2011 (note: Project Canvas is an initiative that sees 1) the BBC and UK public-service broadcasters, ITV and Channel 4, 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 video and interactive services to broadband-connected Freeview and Freesat set-top boxes). According to the Project Canvas Web site, the "initial focus of Canvas is for twin-tuner DTT IP-connected DVR, and [CE manufacturers'] response should reflect this." However, the Project Canvas partners state on the site, "Project Canvas also welcomes a response from device manufacturers proposing other device categories such as Internet-enabled TV (IETV) and set-top boxes." More information is available here.

The partners say that this process will enable Project Canvas to "rapidly engage new device partners and develop a broad base of manufacturers supporting Canvas--with the ambition to extend its current program." Interested parties are invited to express their interest by emailing the Project Canvas program team by email ( by 5:00PM British Summer Time on August 25th. The Project Canvas partners say that expressions of interest received by that deadline will be taken forward into "a process to identify consumer device manufacturers to work with the proposed joint venture as Device Partners." This process and the criteria to be used have been discussed with the chairman and executive of the Digital Television Group (DTG), the partners say, and are published under "Device Manufacturers" in the "Industry & Technology" section of the Project Canvas Web site. According to the partners, the number of Device Partners taken on at this stage will reflect the resources available within the Project Canvas program and engineering teams. "Canvas is stepping up its engagement with industry as we get closer to releasing the final set of technical documents to the DTG this month, and launching a consumer product next year," Project Canvas director, Richard Halton, said in a prepared statement. "Bringing on board further consumer equipment manufacturers will ensure people have the widest possible choice of devices and we remain focused on supporting the industry to stimulate a competitive market. We continue to work closely with the DTG to develop common standards for connected TV."