After a short break from Project Canvas, Five have returned! The company announced they were leaving Canvas in July after they were put up for sale by parent company RTL. They also were to undertake a review of their digital investment strategy to ensure they were heading in the correct direction.
Five however have now been acquired by Northern & Shell, and one of the first steps the company has taken is to resume their work with Project Canvas. This is good for consumers as it will ensure that the Five content is available when the Canvas boxes start to ship next year, and help to ensure that funding for Canvas can continue from the joint venture partners.
"Project Canvas is set to shape the future of broadcasting and open up new and exciting possibilities for viewers. This is important to the future of Channel Five and having an open internet-connected TV platform fits closely with our plans to bring brilliant new content and interactive services to viewers. We're delighted to renew Channel Five's commitment to supporting Project Canvas following a review of our digital strategy."Richard Desmond, (Chairman) Northern & Shell
"Channel Five has already made a major contribution to Project Canvas and we're delighted to have them back on board. This is great recognition of how important Canvas is to the future of television."Richard Halton (Director) Project Canvas