Feeds

WTF is... Project Canvas?

A good thing, we say

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

And it’s not necessarily just video services that Canvas can offer, either. Mock-up screens show other web services, like BBC news headlines, eBay and Flickr. Some of those, of course, are already available on connected TVs, but there too the implementation and range of services varies from brand to brand, something that won’t happen with Canvas.

Project Canvas

Canvas will front other internet services - not just TV

Who can play?

The conditions of approval for Canvas make it clear that licensing should be on a cost-recovery basis only, so just about anyone who’s willing to sign up to the technical standards will be able to make compatible kit. That has to be good news for punters.

Humax is one of the key technology partners, and companies such as ADB – maker of the iCan – along with Vestel, which makes many Freeview products under different brand names, as well as Sagem and LG are all apparently interested in making compliant products.

The internet side of things is open to all-comers too. You won’t have to have a connection from one of the Canvas partner ISPs to be able to use the service, though you will of course need a certain minimum speed. The BBC Trust’s approval says that “quality standards for ISPs delivering Canvas will be set at a minimum level”.

Sony Bravia KDL-32EX703

Canvas can deliver catch-up TV services

That means, effectively, that though you can use any broadband service, those that have signed up to use the eventual Canvas branding will have to meet certain standards. How detailed those requirements will be remains to be seen - we hope they will at least offer some clarity with regard to usage caps.

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit
USB-serial imitators whacked by driver update
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on
Next driver to battle fake chips with 'non-invasive' methods
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.