Doctor Who to Sell Set-Top Boxes

Canvas is a new BBC project to create on-demand TV streamed via an internet-connected set-top box – and as a leading light in the broadcasters schedule, Doctor Who has been cited as an example of how the system can be of benefit.

Richard Halton is the director of the joint venture – BT, ITV and Five are also involved – and believes that this new on demand digital service can be in homes in 2010.

“At the BBC, we know how important that is because we create our own content across multiple platforms. We want Doctor Who to look and feel like Doctor Who on BBC One, mobiles and hopefully Canvas as well,” he said.

“We want the freedom to express our brands which works across simultaneous platforms, and I think most content providers get that.”

If formally approved, Canvas will more than likely be promoted heavily as a catchup service with archive content to Sky and Freeview users who are currently without on-demand TV. Virgin Media provides considerable on-demand catchup programming to its customers.

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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