BT spells out Canvas role

Richard Young, business development director of UK IPTV service BT Vision, has used the first day of the IPTV World Forum to spell out BT’s role in the proposed internet to the TV service Project Canvas.

BT is one of seven partners in Project Canvas and Young said the telco had a number of roles to play, including infrastructure provider, ISP, communications provider and content provider. He said Project Canvas would help drive competition amongst ISPs that would only benefit customers. “We will be driven to offer the best packages. There will be competition at every level and consumers will be the winner,” he said

BT will continue to offer its IPTV service when Canvas launches. When pressed on where the revenue streams lie for ISPs, Young said BT would fight to offer the best quality of service for the delivery of Canvas and that it would hope Canvas would promote the take-up of triple-play packages. “We’ll be competing to ensure the quality of our Canvas service is the best. By offering a high quality service, we believe customers will want to buy more services, spend more money and stay with us,” he said.