British Internet TV project outlines access issues

Wednesday, 5 May 2010 11:22am

Project Canvas is a proposed joint venture between the BBC and other stakeholders to develop an open Internet-connected TV platform and associated devices such as set-top boxes. It has now released a list of access features which will be included in these devices.

The access features include:

  • Ability to access captions and audio description (AD) on programs where available, and switch these on an off via the remote control.
  • Ability to access captions on interactive services where available.
  • An electronic program guide (EPG) which will identify programs with captions and AD, and the ability to change a program schedule from a grid to a list.
  • Ability to incorporate text-to-speech (TTS) functions, and connect to TTS-enabled devices.
  • A simple user interface, with the user able to change colour schemes and the size of text, and audio feedback when a function is selected.

Project Canvas is a proposed partnership between the BBC, ITV, C4, Five, BT and Talk Talk, subject to BBC Trust approval.


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