"Today was a significant event for the UK broadcasting industry:
the announcement of YouView, formerly called Project Canvas, which
is backed by partners including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5,
and BT. It will provide broadcasts over IP, received by a set top
box, include a catch-up service, and be capable of interactive
features that hook into internet services.
"Interesting stuff, though it may end up battling with Google
TV. But what are the implications for media streaming services and
media players? One is that they will have to run on Linux, which is
the official operating system for Project Canvas. Google TV, for
that matter, will run Android.
"If you look at the YouView specifications, you'll find that
although the operating system is specified, the application player
area is more open:"