Virgin Media CEO Neil Berkett slammed the BBC TrustÂs consultation on the proposed Project Canvas on-demand TV service at Cable Congress yesterday.
Taking part in a panel session ÂCable, Content and GoogleÂ, Berkett said Canvas would be Âa great concept if it was openÂ. However, he said, the proposals were currently Âvery confusingÂ and the BBC TrustÂs consultation was far from satisfactory. ÂThe Trust consultation is an absolute whitewash,Â he said. ÂItÂs not clear if [Canvas] will be open. In fact itÂs quite clear it will be closed. We need to look at this as a whole. We need to embrace over-the-top but this is an exception that I feel quite strongly about.Â
Turning to the UK cable operatorÂs own plans for over-the-top TV services, Berkett said Virgin Media would launch a service with Tivo technology inside its set-top boxes at the end of the year. ÂWe believe Tivo will provide a gateway to the portal world,Â he said.