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DTG concerned at industry engagement of Project Canvas

In December the BBC Trust gave Project Canvas a provisional green light to go ahead with the BBC's involvement following a lengthy consultation period. The Digital TV Group (DTG), made up of over 140 trade organisations including broadcasters, hardware manufacturers and platform operators, have raised concern about Canvas's plans and intentions particularly given their industry involvement to date. The DTG are working with members toward a 'Connected TV' standard which has similar goals as Canvas to create an Internet connected television service which will become available within their 'D-Book 7' specification.

"Many DTG Members have expressed concern that, while the DTG Membership have demonstrated a willingness to develop a Connected TV specification through the normal DTG process, the proposed Canvas [joint venture] members appear to have not fully engaged with industry."

"A significant number of DTG Members fear that the published Trust Provisional Conclusions making only a 'best endeavours' requirement on the Canvas JV to engage with industry to achieve consensus is insufficient and unlikely to deliver an industry agreed specification.

"Many DTG Members believe that it would be a great shame if this were allowed to happen and a major departure from the processes that have delivered the successful platform that Freeview is today."

DTG Statement

The DTG are obviously going off of their experience so far with dealing with the Project Canvas team, but it should be noted that on the Canvas website it does state they intend to work with the DTG and to the Connected TV standard.

"As part of its submission to the BBC Trust, the BBC asked for permission to develop the technical specification for devices in conjunction with the industry. The BBC Trust granted permission for the partners to begin this work with standards body the Digital Television Group (DTG) in July 2009. "The DTG's work to establish a standard for 'connected TV devices' will be published as an industry standard (DBook 7) in early 2010. "All 'Canvas compliant' devices will meet this standard."

Project Canvas


In what way is Freeview a success?

If there is a lot of change on screen on any channel other than BBC1, everything goes blocky (e.g. scene changes, fades, etc.)

If there is a large area of subtle colour variation, it is represented as about 5 colours with obvious contour lines between (e.g. the sky)


  • bristolbachelor
  • over 10 years ago

People experiencing new events such as their TV crashing or freezing!

I had 100% signal reception with 0% errors. God knows what it is like in poor rection areas.

Everyone is being forced to buy a new unit to use with their TV, increasing power consuption of the country as a whole by an order of magnitude more than that saved by not having mobile phone chargers left plugged-in!

Unless you make or sell set top boxes, where is the success?

  • bristolbachelor
  • over 10 years ago

Your problem is the cable from your aerial to your TV, it isnt shielded enough, i bet even though your signal is 100% when traffic drives past (especially motorbikes) thats when it goes all blocky, you probably have old 75ohm cabling which will pick up all types of interference, decent cabling is a must with any digital TV, even sky.

  • over 10 years ago

These Government agencies Have NO idea what's involved.

Why allow the minority to subscribe to these services when the rest of the country is a blackout.

Lets go after BT and get these upgrades moving ( and not at the speeds they're advertising, but at decent 21st century speeds {50 to 100MG, then we can can talk at VOD which more provider class as torrent files and choke them to death.

  • Fixer109
  • over 10 years ago
You know, the character had its run, and I was really happy to be part of a show that was so successful and that people loved so much, but there was really nothing else for her to do.”

  • beckybecky
  • over 10 years ago

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