Welcome to projectcanvas.info
We launched projectcanvas.info today, a hub for the partners (BBC, ITV, BT, Five) to host information about the project.
The BBC Internet blog has been an important outlet for us but as canvas has a broader audience (and is not just a BBC project) we wanted a neutral space to communicate; its content reflects the views of the partnership.
With Freeview going past 10m homes this week, and Freesat continuing to make strong progress, it's a timely reminder of the importance of the UK's free-to-air platforms. As shareholders in both of these ventures, the BBC sees project canvas as critical to keeping them relevant.
We've done a lot of work over the past six months to address a number of concerns and misconceptions about the project: and while a lot of information has been public, getting out there and talking it through has helped people better understand what we're trying to achieve. We hope this site will help even more.
The BBC's involvement in the project is of course still subject to approval by the BBC Trust and we're hopeful that the trust's emerging conclusions (that we hope will arrive soon) will be positive and move us closer to a full approval in the new year.
Pending approval, what's largely a project on paper will take bigger steps towards becoming something real. We've already started work in developing a standard with the DTG, and if the emerging conclusions permit us to do so, our intention is to start build the technologies that power the open platform, form the venture, build the user-interface, and start to turn project canvas into a real consumer proposition.
For this project to succeed, the venture also needs manufacturers to build devices (we hope to generate further support through our work with the DTG) as well as content companies to develop the applications to make content available on the platform. To that end, we intend to make technical specifications and SDKs for developers available on the canvas site, as and when we've written them.
We hope that this is site will become a focal point and that you find the site useful - if you have any questions please do get in touch via the site and we'll try to help.
Richard Halton is the Director of Project Canvas.
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