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Project Canvas and Red Bee Media to Keynote Streaming Media Europe

The final programme for Streaming Media Europe—and its satellite events, the Content Delivery Summit and Online Video Strategies—will be posted soon, complete with the entire roster of speakers, but I’m pleased to announce the two keynotes for the conference.

Anthony Rose, CTO Project Canvas

Anthony Rose, CTO, Project Canvas

Anthony Rose, CTO of Project Canvas—the joint venture among Arqiva, BBC, BT, Channel 4, ITV, and Talk Talk to build an internet-connected TV platform—will keynote day one. Project Canvas provides this description of his talk:

Steve Plunkett, Red Bee Media

Steve Plunkett, Red Bee Media

Project Canvas is set to transform the daily viewing experience of UK television audiences and influence IPTV deployments globally when it launches in the early part of 2011. It will unlock a world of content and services, combining live channels with on-demand, bringing web-based services and interactive extras to the living room TV. Anthony Rose explains how Canvas is creating the right environment for Connected TV to thrive in the UK and beyond.

Day two offers Steve Plunkett, Director of Customer Innovation for Red Bee Media, which provides technology and creative solutions to help broadcasters, content rights holders, and brand owners engage with their audiences in traditional and new ways, including web and mobile. Red Bee Media’s client list includes Discovery International, BBC, Virgin Media, Nike, Lonely Planet, Motorola, and Siemens, and they’ve worked with media brands across the globe, including Sky Italia, TV Globo (Brazil), Star News India, and Canal+ (France). Plunkett will be discussing “Video Everywhere and In Everything:”

Check back soon for more details on all of our events—we’ve got speakers from Adobe, Akamai, Amazon, BT, Cisco, Deutsche Telekom, the Football Association, GlaxoSmithKline, Limelight, Microsoft, Thomson Reuters, Zattoo, and many more.

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Project Canvas Launches Website: Too Little, Too Late?

Project Canvas—the proposed joint venture from BBC, ITV, BT and Five to build an open internet TV platform—has launched an official website to promote the initiative and improve on a perceived failure to communicate its goals to the public. The site will aggregate announcements from as well as news about Project Canvas, and will eventually also host technical information for consumer device manufacturers and SDKs for developers.

The “charm offensive,” as Digital TV calls it, may be too little, too late, as current conventional wisdom (and analyst opinion) suggests that, like Kangaroo before it, Project Canvas might be shot down, though this time it may be halted by the BBC Trust, which had initially indicated it would approve the initiative this past autumn, as StreamingMediaGlobal.com’s Adrian Pennington wrote last month.

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Is BBC’s Project Canvas Doomed?

It’s looking increasingly as if the BBC’s broadband-to-TV Project Canvas might never actually see the light of day. Analysts are speculating that the initiative is dead, and Freeview and Freesat both adding the BBC iPlayer, we wonder if Project Canvas might be moot. For more on this story, see Adrian Pennington’s article on StreamingMediaGlobal.com

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