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A video-on-demand project utilising UK broadband connections has been delayed pending further investigation.

Proposed by the BBC, ITV and BT, Project Canvas would have allowed broadband users to download television content using their digital Freeview box.

However, the BBC Trust has put the brakes on the scheme as it gathers more information on technical standards and the implications of each partner being involved in the joint-venture.

BBC Trustee Diane Coyle said: "A common theme that emerged was that more information was needed from the BBC Executive about the Canvas proposal."

Despite this, the three broadcasters remain positive about the future of the project.

"The partners believe that Canvas will maximise choice for consumers, sustain the long-term future of free-to-air broadcasting and promote broadband take-up," they said in a joint statement.

It went on to say that the technology could eventually provide "a real alternative" for viewing television content.

Project Kangaroo, a similar video-on-demand joint-venture between the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, was scrapped earlier this year after its launch was blocked by the Competition Commission.

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