UK commercial channel Five has appointed digital product development company Capablue to handle strategy and technical requirements for Project Canvas. Capablue will help define Five's position within the Canvas partnership, which involves representation on the central programme board, and make sure its existing systems integrate with the platform.
The proposed IPTV service from broadcasters the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five, ISPs BT and TalkTalk, and Arqiva, is still pending approval from the OFT, which will announce its decision on May 19th.
Paul Thornton-Jones, Five's digital controller of VOD and technology, said, “We're very pleased Capablue will be working with us on what will be a milestone in British broadcasting history. This needs to be managed very carefully by all partners involved. Capablue's proven expertise in delivering platforms and technology for IPTV will ensure Five's role in this project is a valuable contribution to its success and our future plans.”
Tom Cape, MD of Capablue said “We have a great deal of expertise in this area, having played a major role in the development of several broadcasters' VOD projects, Seesaw and more recent work on the Open iPlayer project. We're delighted to be working with Five on this exciting service and will be able to draw from our skills, as well as experiences, to ensure the successful delivery of its objectives for Project Canvas.”