Channel 4 and Talk Talk have joined Project Canvas, the BBC’s set top box standardisation effort that already includes the BBC, ITV, BT, Five.
The end goal is to connect the internet to your TV and allow programmes to be streamed over your broadband connection. The BBC press announcement doesn’t go into schedules but it does talk about offering services that include:
Linear TV (eg Freeview, Freesat) with HD and storage (pause, rewind, record)
Video-on-demand services (eg BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 40D)
Other internet-based content or services (eg Flickr, Amazon, NHS Direct)
My only point in regurgitating this BBC news is that the time is not so very far away when consumers will have to start factoring the cost of all this downloading. What is perceived to be a free TV programme is effectively going to become Pay As You Go and the cost of an hour’s watching will be something known to all. I can see kids being given an allocation by their parents just in the same way that they have pre paid mobile phones.
As a footnote my kids have been trying to persuade me to buy them a new 42″ flatscreen LCD TV for the “den”. I’ve beaten off the assault by saying that we don’t actually have a source of HD video other than their own laptops and PCs. Even this line of defence looks as if it will only be shortlived.
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