U.K. joint venture Project Canvas, which involves the BBC, BT and others, has named three set-top box suppliers for the hybrid online TV project--Cisco Systems, Technicolor (formerly Thomson) and Humax--along with another nine--ADB, Amino, Broadcom, Echostar, Intel, LG, Sagem, ST and TVonics--that have lined up for the chance to work with Canvas.
The Digital TV Group also said that Canvas has accepted a role on its steering committee, which as further details on Canvas become available should help to begin smoothing over what had been a bumpy relationship between Canvas and Digital TV group member companies working on a Connected TV standard. Broadband TV News reports that Canvas is expected to bring all of its own technology details into that discussion in the next few months.
Still, as we mentioned last week, Canvas continues to draw criticism, most recently from cable TV player Virgin Media, as it nears a possible final approval by the BBC Trust within the coming weeks.
- Broadband TV News has this report
Canvas got a provisional nod from the BBC Trust last year
Virgin went after the BBC Trust last week