Internet TV group says 40 firms have answered the call

‘Widespread industry support’ for Project Canvas

Project Canvas said that it had received widespread industry support in response to the group’s call to develop Canvas-compatible Internet TV services to market.

The project, backed by the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV and BT, aims to develop a stanard for internet-connected TV devices. Having issued an invitation for hardware manufactures to join the initiative, the group announced that more than forty had expressed support.

The manufacturers represent a number of consumer device manufactuers which design and market products including set-top-boxes, internet-enabled TVs and recorders. The group also released the first set of technical documents which describe the workings of the standard.

"The response from industry has been phenomenal, and we’re really excited by the strong desire to work with Project Canvas to bring internet-enabled set-top-boxes and TVs into people’s homes next year, said Richard Halton, Director, Project Canvas. "For us, this is a great endorsement of our open approach to working with industry partners."

"Consumers need the assurance that they will get the best experience, whatever device they buy. This industry engagement programme will ensure that high standards of quality will be deep rooted throughout all of our supported products. We look forward to working with further manufacturers as we roll out more phases of this programme."

The group said that it is currently evaluating responses from manufactuers and will select a number to be taken to the next stage by the end of the month. Ultimately Project Canvas aims to have hardware on the market in 2011.

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