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Expert backs Project Canvas digital TV service

Monday, February 22nd 2010 by Cable.co.uk

The new Project Canvas digital TV platform has been backed by the managing director of Microsoft's UK operations.

An IT industry expert has given his support to the development of the Project Canvas digital TV platform.

Ashley Highfield, managing director of Microsoft's UK operations and one of the figures behind BBC iPlayer, has said that while he did not want to go into too much detail, the platform is "potentially a good thing" for the television industry.

Hopes are high that the internet-connected platform, which is supported by partners including broadband bundle providers BT and TalkTalk, could be the next generation platform for Freeview.

Talking to TechRadar.com, he said: "It's something that from my time at the BBC I've always thought of as the next generation of TV sets of and the future of Freeview and it was something to help bring about.

"That's really all that I can say, Microsoft has a good relationship with the likes of Sky and Virgin Media we are absolutely not partisan."

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