Project Canvas could be named YouView as new specifications are released

Project Canvas, the planned joint-venture VOD service delivered via the internet to TVs, could be called YouView when it is launched to the public, although the launch date is set to be delayed, according to a Financial Times report. Separately, Canvas has announced it has made the next set of technical specifications available to industry through the DTG. It has also released a timetable for the release of future technical documents.

According to the Financial Times, YouView is among the shortlist of brand names being considered for the service.  That name was registered with the Intellectual Property Office last month. The newspaper also reported that Canvas is now aiming for a 2011 launch date following a longer-than-expected regulatory process. It had originally hoped to launch by the end of the year. The BBC Trust’s final ruling is expected at the end of June.

Separately, Canvas has announced that the Consumer Device Software Management Software Specification, System Metadata Model and IP Content Delivery Specification was submitted to the DTG on May 31 and released via the member zone of the DTG website today. This is the second set of technical documents to be submitted to DTG members for peer-review. The full timetable for the release of further technical documents can be seen below:

The Consumer Device Platform Specification was released May 6 along with the Broadcast Content Delivery Specification; the Consumer Device Software Management Specification was released May 31 along with the Metadata Model and IP Content Delivery. The Consumer Device Software Architecture will be released June 30, along with the Usage Measurement Model.

Content Acquisition and Management will be released July 30, as will UI Management and Consumer Device Remote Management & Diagnostics. IP Content Delivery: Content Protection will be released August 19, along with Consumer Device Requirements, Presentation Engine: Profile Specification and Consumer Device UI Model.

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