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The Open Source Consortium (OSC) has joined broadband provider Virgin Media in expressing its opposition to the Project Canvas initiative – which is now known as YouView.

According to the organisation, which promotes the adoption of free and open standards in the online sphere, the seven project partners – which include BT and TalkTalk – are attempting to construct "a walled garden" in the IPTV industry.

The OSC claimed that a single, common standard for the delivery of broadband-based, on-demand TV through a set-top box will have "adverse consequences for the device and software sector".

Diminished choice and consumer harm will be the inevitable outcomes of the scheme, the consortium stated, if the YouView developers are allowed to limit technology use, set arbitrary access conditions and enforce mandated branding decisions.

"While the technological superiority of Linux is yet again being demonstrated by its choice at the core of this project, [the YouView partners] are using it as internal plumbing and their choice does little if anything for the development of the wider ecosystem," the OSC added.

Virgin Media – which offers subscription TV services - has continued to criticise the project on competition grounds, claiming YouView will distort the consumer market and prove unfairly advantageous to its rivals.

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