On 19 October 2010, Ofcom ruled that it would not open an investigation of Project Canvas despite complaints made by Virgin Media, IPVision and BSkyB, including complaints of alleged potential breaches of the Competition Act 1998.
Project Canvas is a partnership between the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva that will offer digital terrestrial channels and internet-delivered TV services via a set-top box. It also involves creating technical standards that can be used by participating services to deliver content via a single set-top box using a branded user interface that will be known as YouView.
In assessing whether it should investigate these complaints, Ofcom took into account the likelihood of harm to the interests of viewers and consumers. Ofcom decided that at the current stage of YouView's development it would be premature to open an investigation, as any potential harm to competition would need to be offset against the likely benefits that YouView would bring to viewers and consumers.