Project Canvas gains industry support amidst criticism

40 manufacturers show interest in Project Canvas

The electronics industry is siding with Project Canvas.

Project Canvas, the IPTV platform, has received the support of around 40 manufacturers from the electronics industry, who have said they will support the project in any way they can.

The project has not been without controversy with Channel Five bowing out before returning to the project and more recently, Sky and Virgin Media claiming the project is anti-competitive.

The latest in the slew of contesting voices is United for Local Television (ULTV), a group made up of local TV operators in the UK, which has asked for an investigation of Project Canvas by Ofcom. It claims that Project Canvas will hurt the developement of small-scale UK TV services.

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Richard Halton, Director of Project Canvas, said in a statement: “The response from industry has been phenomenal, and we’re really excited by the strong desire to work with Project Canvas to bring internet-enabled set-top-boxes and TVs into people’s homes next year.”

The IPTV platform has BBC, BT, ITV, Arqiva, TalkTalk, Channel 4 and Channel Five as partners and is due to release in 2011. Project Canvas, when launched, will offer video-on-demand, web-based content, and services over the internet direct to the TV.

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Via: ITProPortal