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Project Kangaroo joins Project Canvas
Monday 22 March 2010 17:39:45 by John Hunt

Arqiva, a communications company which provides infrastructure for broadcast television transmission, has today joined Project Canvas as a 7th partner alongside the BBC, BT, Channel 4, Five, ITV and TalkTalk. Arqiva will take an equal stake and provide equal funding. Project Canvas is a project to develop an open standards based set top box which will allow users to watch on-demand TV distributed over the Internet on their television.

The interesting snippet that comes from this is that Project Kangaroo was sold off and bought by Arqiva who have continued development and rebranded it SeeSaw. So with Arqiva joining Canvas, this may mean that Kangaroo and its original development does infact live on somewhat within the same lines that it was originally intended.

"We are delighted to become a partner in Project Canvas. Arqiva has a long history in supporting free-to-air broadcasting as a shareholder in Freeview and provider of digital terrestrial television networks, so it is a natural step for us to take a partner role in Canvas.

The approach of Canvas as an open platform based on common technical standards is one we fully support and are looking to encourage through standards bodies, particularly via the UK's Digital Television Group ('DTG')."

Rob Hamlin, (Strategic Development Director) Arqiva Terrestrial Broadcast

Canvas also submitted last week analysis to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to clarify that the joint venture does not constitute a merger under the Enterprises Act 2002. The OFT will now examine Canvas, giving rival companies a chance to air their concerns before competition authorities. Perhaps the reason for submitting this was to try and subvert being blocked by the competition commission as happened with Project Kangaroo. Kangaroo joining Canvas may add more fuel to the fire of those against Canvas. Last week, BSkyB wrote to the Guardian to clarify their position on why they are against Canvas.

"To be clear, we're against neither the growth of online video nor the development of common standards. But what we do stand firmly against is the use of public money in a way that distorts fair competition or undermines the scope for other innovative services to emerge in the future. Anyone looking at the Canvas proposals has to consider the consequences – whether intended or unintended – of diverting part of the licence fee away from programme-making and into proprietary platform development instead."

Mike Darcey, (COO) BSkyB

Virgin Media are also known to be somewhat against Project Canvas and getting approval from the OFT or the Competition Commission would help Canvas proceed with a clean conscience.

Comments

Posted by TonyHoyle over 7 years ago
So.. skys response is "wah wah wah wah Competition wah wah wah"

'protrietary platform development'? What part of 'open platform' doesn't he understand? If Sky want to implement Canvas on Sky boxes they'll be free to do so.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 7 years ago
quote"So.. skys response is "wah wah wah wah Competition wah wah wah""

Perfectly fair response considering BT are part of Project Canvas which will be public funded and BT want access to skys channels cheap... Id say Sky saying it is not fair competition is perfectly valid.
Posted by Foggy_UK over 7 years ago
I'm hearing "Kangaroo" and "Canvas"... and all I van think of is Rolf Harris... Can you see what is yet ?...
Posted by tedsloan over 7 years ago
Of course VIRGIN and SKY are against PROJECT CANVAS. They don't like the idea of competition. SKY is so cynical when they protest about Licence payers money going towards the new project but never mention their own exorbitant fees.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 7 years ago
^^^ Er exactly, you wouldnt be happy if you owned a television organisation where you had to pay your own cash and your customers cash for rights to air programmes and another group came along where instead of using their own money they can use tax payers cash in competition against you. Why should the likes of BT and Talk Talk now get their mits on TV license money? I dont want sky or project kangaroo, sky therefore doesnt get my money, project kangaroo will though, from the license fee.
Posted by AndrueC over 7 years ago
@tedsloan:You get a choice whether or not to pay Sky's fee. Not paying it only deprives you of their premium content, most of which will appear for free eventually anyway.

The TV license fee is compulsory whether you watch BBC content or not. Failing to pay the license fee will deprive you of all TV and maybe even your freedom.
Posted by AndrueC over 7 years ago
Oh and for an alternative (and slightly humours view of this)

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/03/23/oft_canvas_probe/
Posted by CARPETBURN over 7 years ago
^^^ LMAO loving the strike-out bits LOL
Posted by nicmic over 7 years ago
Totally off-the-point personal crusade. The lead story states "...Kangaroo and its original development does infact live on...".

It's "in fact" not "infact".

Sorry for the pedantry - back to the real discussion.
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