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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,...

BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for Next Two Weeks

The BBC has announced the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service for the next two weeks: From 5:00PM, January 29th through 1:30PM, February 6th, Sky and Virgin viewers can press red to access 18 tracks and exclusive musician interviews from recent studio performances by La Roux and Heaven 17 and by Gary Numan and Little Boots that were recorded by BBC 6music Live. Viewers on the UK's free-to-air...

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...

BBC iPlayer Sees Record Usage in December: 1 in 8 TV Requests Now Come through Games Consoles

--BBC Trust Launches Public Consultation on iPlayer
The BBC announced last week that its online catch-up service, the BBC iPlayer , has achieved a new monthly record, having for the first time generated over 100 million requests. The service is now available on over 20 devices, and the BBC says that the last two weeks of December saw a huge increase in the number of people accessing it through a games console: according to the corporation, one in eight of all iPlayer...

BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for Next Two Weeks

--Public Beta of iPlayer on Freesat Launches, iPlayer to Be Available through Samsung Internet@TV
The BBC has announced the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service for the next two weeks Through January 15th, 7:00AM-7:00PM daily, Sky and Virgin viewers can press red to access a special quiz, designed to mark the return of the children's character, Tracy Beaker, to CBBC. The quiz, which is hosted by actress Lisa Coleman (aka Cam) tests viewers' knowledge of previous Tracy Beaker series. The quiz is...

Charter Launches VOD Reminder Service, Claims Record Usage of its VOD Platform

--Hannover House in Multiple VOD Deals, Verizon FiOS TV Releases List of Top-10 VOD Movies
--BBC iPlayer Continues to Perform Strongly
Cable MSO, Charter Communications , has launched an " on-demand reminder service " that sends customers text or email reminders, alerting them to new movie releases, events and premieres available on its VOD platform. Customers can register to receive the reminders, which are based on both title and category searches, at http://www.charter.net/reminders .

Charter also claims that its VOD service--which launched nine years a go and which it claims offers around 6,000...

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,...

BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for Christmas and New Year

--Highlights Include "Doctor Who" Commentary, Bon Jovi Performance, Elton John Interview
The BBC has announced the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service over Christmas and into the new year: Starting at 9:30AM on December 24th, during BBC One's airing of the animated "Doctor Who" special, "Dreamland" (which premiered under the red button--see the article published on itvt.com, November 12th), and starting at 7:00PM on December 27th and January 3rd, during BBC Three's re-broadcast of the two-part "Doctor Who" special,...

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...

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