The BBC is seeking permission to form a new joint venture partnership with other broadcasters and Internet Service Providers to define and promote a set of standards for digital television delivered via broadband Internet connections (IPTV) as well as digital broadcasts via DSat and DTT.
Users would need to buy a new set top box or other device which takes its broadcast signal from an aerial, like Freeview, or from a satellite dish, like Freesat.
Canvas users would also require a broadband connection to take advantage of on-demand features. They would need to:
- Subscribe to a broadband service which usually carries a monthly fee, or
- Utilise their existing broadband connection. It is possible they may need to
- upgrade their existing broadband packages to a faster connection, or
- upgrade their existing broadband packages to one which allows greater volumes of data downloads
It wishes to develop Canvas in conjunction with the planned launch of HD services on the DTT platform (Freeview). Subject to approval, Canvas would launch at some point in 2010.
This is an interesting approach by a broadcaster to utilize broadband to reach its audience in addition to its over the air broadcasting. It looks very much like BT Vision to me. I wonder how BT will survive with this kind of competition from the broadcaster. This is a model that could be exported to other countries and create a new competitor to the existing Pay TV outlets.