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Project Canvas invites expressions of interest from device manufacturers
Wednesday 11 August 2010 14:35:04 by John Hunt

Project Canvas have invited an expression of interest from consumer equipment manufacturers for the development of the Canvas set-top boxes that are due to go on sale in 2011. This process starts the first major step toward getting the boxes developed and out to the market. The formal invitation points out that they are focusing on a twin tuner digital terrestrial television IP-connected digital video recorder (or DTT IP-Connected DVR), but are also welcoming submissions for Internet enabled TV's.

Amidst previous accusations of not involving industry in the supposed open-platform that is being developed, it is pleasing to hear that the process and criteria to be used to select consumer device manufacturers has been discussed with the Chairman and Executive of the DTG (Digital TV Group).

"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.

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."

Richard Halton, (Director) Project Canvas

Interested parties are invited to contact Canvas by 5pm on the 25th August and the criteria to be used for selecting partners is available here.

Comments

Posted by zyborg47 over 6 years ago
No doubt you will get the tacky stuff that Bush/Alba produces.
Posted by otester over 6 years ago
^ Otherwise it won't be available at Argos for all the chavs to buy.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
Do people still buy junk made by the likes of Alba, Bush, Goodmans and other bin it inside a year companies? If thats the type of people Canvas want to build their boxes i wish the adopters all the best with buggy programme guides, noisy HDDs, rattly fans, bug ridden firmware and other nonsense which finally leads to you either throwing it away or the junk breaking. Seriously enough news about this Canvas carp... Pleeeeease.
Posted by TGVrecord over 6 years ago
Canvas carp? Sounds fishy ;)
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
If boxes are constructed by some of the names i and zyborg mentioned they will have all the stability of dead fish ;)
Posted by New_Londoner over 6 years ago
Bit premature to judge this surely as they have not even got to the deadline for initial responses yet!
Posted by zyborg47 over 6 years ago
if manufactures like Humax and Pace come in then prices will be over the top, as it is there are estimates that prices will be over £250.
Canvas is a good idea, the problem being is that being online, users are going to get bombarded by adverts and these adverts will be based on what you watch, so more google type spying.
It will be full of interactive stuff, with big logos stuck in the corner of the screen, just like digital channels on sky.
Talk Talk being involved puts me off, Canvas will have to offer something great to get me to spend that much money on a PVR
Posted by otester over 6 years ago
Samsung!
Posted by New_Londoner over 6 years ago
WIll be more interesting when TVs ship with Canvas built in, so don't need a separate box. WOnder how long before Sony, Panasonic etc have new sets for sale?
Posted by TGVrecord over 6 years ago
Whilst I agree that the products made by the Harvard Group are not the finest that are on offer, I am actually pleased they are on the market. For one they provide a source of competition. That is a good thing because it brings in innovation and prices are lowered. I know a lot of people think that the Harvard products are inferior but what do you expect at the prices they charge?
Posted by TGVrecord over 6 years ago
I have to admit that I have a Bush HD Freesat box and I am happy with it. It cost me just under £70 so if it goes wrong I have not wasted much money. The picture quality I now get on my TV is much better than Freeview or Analogue. Getting a more expensive Humax box would not get me any more Satellite channels.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
quote"WIll be more interesting when TVs ship with Canvas built in, so don't need a separate box. WOnder how long before Sony, Panasonic etc have new sets for sale? "
NEVER as they already have their own OS developed based on linux that they dont have to pay licensing fees for (thats license fees for the OS only) it accesses stuff like iplayer, youtube etc. CONT...
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
Couple that with new twin tuner freesat and freeview sets and why would they want to pay Canvas to put their shovelware OS on their sets? Its a nice idea but its too late given all the development thats aready took place, Canvas will be dead before its even launched
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