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Six TV demands Ofcom investigation into Project Canvas

The group fears that the BBC's plan for an online video-on-demand service will sustain the terrestri

Local television group Six TV will request a complete Ofcom investigation into Project Canvas this week, reports the Guardian.

The group has expressed fears that the BBC's online video-on-demand service for Freeview and Freesat viewers - a joint venture including TalkTalk, BT, Arqiva, Channel 4 and ITV - will allow traditional broadcasters to sustain their monopoly into digital TV and shut out newer ventures.

Six TV had to postpone plans to launch its channels on Freeview after it was assigned a channel in the 200s on the electronic programming guide (EPG), on the grounds that it would reduce the chances of audiences being able to find its channels.

It will also submit a complaint to the Office of Fair Trading against Canvas focusing on larger issues about anti-competitive practices in digital television in Britain.

The company states in its submission that Canvas in its present form would be "catastrophic for small-scale services seeking to promote democratic participation and civil society."

Ofcom, which had earlier received a complaint from Virgin Media on Project Canvas' anti-competitive practices, is expected to make a decision on whether to probe the initiative later in the year.