U.K. update: News from Canvas, BT, Freeview

Here's some recent bits of news with IPTV relevance emerging from the U.K.:

  • Project Canvas still has not received approval from the BBC Trust, making it seem more likely that the hybrid TV project will not get the Trust nod before the close of 2009. However, the Canvas participants have pushed ahead to launch a new website promoting the project, an effort likely intended to balance much of the negative criticism that has followed the project. The new site is www.projectcanvas.info.
  • BT is said to be working on a content delivery network, which would have major implications for the Internet video sector, but also seems to fit with the rising interest among TV service providers in having some kind of cloud storage aspect as part of their content delivery efforts.
  • Freeview, the digital TV joint venture involving BSkyB, the BBC and others, reportedly is considering an evolution toward IPTV, according to Digital Spy.

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