Blank Canvas

Incredulity is giving way to disbelief as the BBC tries to finally explain what the heck it is doing spending licence payer's money developing video management platforms in direct competition with commercial players such as BT.

However, Canvas is likely to be well received by the hardware industry, all of whom are keen to control the EPGs on their devices, but haven't got a clue how to develop the required software.

The result is that we (the licence payers) are subsidising the hardware manufacturers to enable them to take on the incumbents such as Sky, Virgin and BT. The provision for payment on the platform is particularly problematic.

More competition should be a good thing for viewers in the marketplace, but the role of the BBC remains highly questionable.