What the broadcasters tried next


Project Canvas will bring together content from some of the UK’s biggest channels, including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five. Viewers will be able to watch on-demand content through their television via a special set top box, expected to cost between £100-£200.

It is being described as Freeview Mark 2. The BBC’s director general Mark Thompson called it “potentially the holy grail of future public service broadcasting provision in the UK”.

The service will run in addition to existing on-demand efforts such as BBC iPlayer and 4oD, and content on Canvas will require no extra subscription – just an existing broadband connection.