Five welcomes Trust approach to Canvas

Five has welcomed the BBC Trust's decision to seek more information about Project Canvas before continuing with its consultation on the proposed development of IPTV standards to deliver TV to broadband-enabled set top boxes.

The BBC Trust said its initial consultation round had exposed a need from the UK's digital TV industry for more information about how the BBC along with Canvas partners BT and ITV plan to develop the technical standards, programme guide standards and editorial oversight systems in partnership with other industry players.

In a statement, a Five spokesperson said: "Five welcomes the constructive and thorough approach the BBC Trust is taking to Project Canvas.
"The UKs public service broadcasters have an important role in driving Digital Britain and so, as a PSB, Five is supportive of Project Canvas.
"The delivery of free-to-air content onto the television in the home via broadband will represent a massive step forward for the industry and will transform the viewing experience.

"It is therefore important that Canvas is a robust proposition in order to meet with the backing of the television industry as a whole."