BBC thrown on Canvas by industry response
Project Canvas, the proposal from the BBC to establish a joint venture with ITV and BT to define and promote standards for network connected television devices, has already attracted regulatory attention. It faces the prospect of the same scrutiny that killed Project Kangaroo, a previous joint venture online video initiative from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. The communications regulator has said it may need to “assess the arrangement under relevant merger or competition law”.
Joost little used online video platform for sale
Joost, the online video service that has largely failed to live up to the considerable expectations of a project from the founders of Skype and Kazaa, is reportedly up for sale. It is suggested that Time Warner Cable could be interested in picking up the pieces, although the fit remains a puzzle.
NAB Show down but focussed on future
The organisers of the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas claimed over 83,000 registered attendees, down on the 105,000 last year, although the actual numbers seemed much lower. The number of international attendees was also down to 23,000 from 28,000. At least there was little need to wait in line or push through the crowds.Those that were there were doing business.
Move acquires Inuk for net television benefit
Move Networks,which delivers live and on-demand online video for broadcasters such as ABC in the United States, is to acquire Inuk Networks, a broadband video service provider based in the United Kingdom. Inuk has developed a wholesale internet protocol television platform and virtual set-top box application for Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac personal computers.
Television gets Flash as Adobe extends its player
Adobe is extending the reach of its Flash platform from personal computers and mobile phones to network connected televisions, set-top boxes and other media devices. At the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Adobe announced support from major chip suppliers to incorporate an optimised version of Flash in a range of consumer electronics devices, expected to ship in the second half of 2009. Adobe also announced a framework for building media players, known as Strobe.