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Project Canvas Set For Early 2011 Release

BBC-led Project Canvas will not be released in 2010 as originally thought.

Speaking at Intel's Shaping the Future of TV conference in London, the chief technology office of Project Canvas Anthony Rose has said that that the IPTV service is set to be released in the first half of 2011.

Describing the TV platform as the "best of breeds", Rose said: “Getting the parties together is a remarkable feat in the first place. My team has a good deal of technical work to do. I can't talk about the timescales given before.”

Rose also indicated that is unlikely that Project Canvas will be made available for use on mobile phones.

He said: "We will have a Canvas website where you can look at listings and choose your favourite shows and this will go straight to your box, but we will keep things on the TV at the moment and not on mobiles or any other devices."

Partners in the Project Canvas include BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five, and telecom service providers TalkTalk, BT and Arqiva.