Sunday, March 01, 2009
Canvas the way forward for iPlayer etc.
What I'd like to see is a Platform neutral Set Top Box that can aggregate content (SD and HD -Free -to-Air and premium) from broadband, Freesat and Freeview with all the clever facilities that Sky+ offers and it seems that project Canvas will be delivering quite a bit of this. Hopefully there'll be quite a few bells and whistles to start with and the solution will be sufficiently open to allow for the possibility of others developing it even further.
So far Virgin have been getting great appreciation from their users for the iPlayer service that is available to your telly and ITV content will be having the same sort of option too.
Worries are that BT, ITV and BBC will try to limit what can be downloaded to Canvas, or that the BBC Trust or competition commission may get involved and slow the rollout.
Talk is of a 2010 launch but tt seems that Sky will be unhappy if it looks like Canvas will be giving their TV rivals (and BT) a lead.
Some more info on what we may get here and a nice backgrounder from Flypaper.tv here