Pay TV Inquiry: BT Using Canvas As Stick For Sky Carrot

BT (NYSE: BT) is now using the cover of Project Canvas in its latest bid to get BSkyB’s channels on its Vision TV service.

The telco has previously asked Ofcom to order cheaper wholesale channel availability from Sky. Now, in a submission (pdf) to Ofcom’s third pay TV consultation, it says: “In order that Canvas should develop as a compelling pay TV platform delivering these innovative services and effective competition to Sky’s satellite proposition, it is essential that BT (and other operators) gain wholesale access to Sky’s premium channels.

“This will spur the emergence of this new combined DTT and DSL platform and allow the organisations building this platform. BT