YouView - aka Project Canvas

YouView, or Project Canvas, as it was called when I worked on it, is an exciting IP TV venture. Blurring the boundaries between interactive TV, Video-on demand, and Broadband Web-application services, this set up box will be distributed in 2011.

YouView is not a set-top box, per se, but an approach to unifying set-top boxes, much in the same way that TiVo has unified the interface for a variety of set-top box providers that it works with in various markets. The BBC-led subscription free digital TV service, will comprise seven days worth of catchup TV similar to the BBC's existing BBC iPlayer service, as well as a website offering free TV on demand, apps and widgets. TV providers signed up to take part include the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five.