Project Canvas Wasn’t Investigated by OFTAdded: Saturday, May 22nd, 2010
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The OFT (Office of Fair Trading) has decided not to investigate Project Canvas, which is a kind of a joint venture between the largest media companies, on the issue of their rivals’ fears that they can stifle competition.
The joint venture was created by several large companies, the list including BBC, TalkTalk, BT and ITV. The project is supposed to provide video content on user’s demand via Freeview box.
The project’s rivals Virgin and Sky brought this scheme under fire. They were concerned about the possibility that their own services will suffer from unfair competition with this new service.
Project Canvas is headed by a director Richard Halton and is intended to offer a proposal of building an open television platform connected via Internet, which comes with ordinary technical standards. The project was launched by the BBC, which has contributed development and existing research, while other partners came along the way. The purpose of Canvas is to combine broadband and broadcast content and deliver it via user’s TV, not a distinct computer like it was before. The partners later formed a joint venture for promoting the platform to users and content, developer and service industries.
The supporters of the project declare it provides an ordinary technical standard via set-top boxes, enabling it to offer seamless access to some third-party services using a simple and comprehensible user experience. It is also supposed to offer an upgrade for free-to-air television, as well as an open platform coming with a list of Internet services to the screens.
However, the OFT made a decision saying that Canvas can’t be qualified for investigation. The reason of the rejection is that the venture’s developers were not going to contribute already existing business to it.
Unlike Canvas, another similar joint venture Project Kangaroo, previously created by BBC Worldwide, Channel 4 and ITV, was blocked by the Office of Fair Trading. But now Sheldon Mills from OFT said that all Canvas partners, even the BBC, were not going to transfer a pre-existing business into the project. That’s why, despite of the possible importance of the project to the future of internet TV, no notified proposals can give rise to a venture qualifying for OFT’s significant investigation.
May 22nd, 2010Posted by:
Saturday, May 22nd, 2010
|great info SaM|
|thanx SaM, thanx for the read.|
|What people are missing is this setup is very very dangerous to the consumer - you and I.|
Easy In the USA certain people use what are called "Nelson" rating boxes on their TV.
What this does is monitor what they watch and when they watch - big brother. This is used to get show "ratings"..
Now in this article all is mentioned how great things are until everyone is now controlled by the people running these boxes.
THEY WILL KNOW WHAT YOU WATCH AND WHEN YOU WATCH AND WHEN YOU USE IT FOR WHAT EVER. This gives these people direct access into monitoring your life.
I sound paraniod? Nope not at all.
Remember the MPAA is working to get FCC authority to BLOCK THEIR MOVIES and SHOWS AS THEY SEE FIT..
By going to this "set Top Box" as mentioned in the article YOU have now given what the MPAA and most likely RIAA have been wanting all along - TOTAL CONTROL of what you see and hear.
Also what will happen to the "FREE AIR" TV stations? They will go out of buisness and then a small ground of people will control the flow of information to you and I.
Power today is not from the barrel of a gun or a missile down some one's roof sky light... IT IS THE CONTROL OF INFORMATION..
THEN THIS FREE SET TOP BOX IS NOT FREE ANYMORE. YOU will be charged for everything you watch - commercial targeted DIRECTLY TO YOU from the viewing patterns collected from the "set Top" boxes and that is just the start..
|That last comment has some real grit to it people.. If only we could take google, microsoft, a set top box, and mold it into a recession busting charitable organisation would I start to breathe easy again. Can that happen? All it needs is support.||
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