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Project Kangaroo blocked by Competition Commission
Wednesday 04 February 2009 10:37:26 by Sebastien Lahtinen

The joint project planned by the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 to offer video-on-demand services has been blocked by the Competition Commission. The Commission concluded that "in the absence of [Project Kangaroo] each of BBCW, ITV and C4C would pursue its own commercial interests, either alone or in partnership with a third party, to exploit its archive VOD content rights" putting to bed the joint project. This move is likely to be welcomed by independent video-on-demand operators.

"We are surprised by this decision because we believed that the Kangaroo joint venture, competing in a crowded online world against dominant global brands, was an attractive UK consumer proposition, free at the point of use. [..] However, in the two years since the idea for Kangaroo was born, the success of has proved that our UK content is attractive enough to stand on its own and we remain focussed on our online growth."

Michael Grade (Chairman & Chief Executive, ITV)

ITV is expected to expand on its own plans in a month's time when its full year results are expected.


Posted by Dawn_Falcon over 8 years ago
Right. So, people have to hunt through multiple sites to, they'll just use darknets. GG.
Posted by zyborg47 over 8 years ago
If Sky wanted to do it, there would be no problem, It is this government that seems to hate British companies

Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 8 years ago
Not so much hunt sites, but type in what they want and very often a torrent download will appear.

Suspect we will see three slightly different systems appear, but they will share a common underlying technology, just like the video downloads often use Kontiki now.
Posted by Firewall over 8 years ago
And how many times will we who support friends and family PCs get called out to 3 or 4 different iplayeresque applications all fighting like cats in a sack?

Surely better would be for the commission to insist on some form of open standard whereby independent vod providers can piggy back onto it.
Posted by ChristopherWoods over 8 years ago
I have a feeling the CC's main sticking points were on aspects of the platform such as who metes out advertising for the platform, who sells it, who can buy it, guaranteed fairness and impartiality of access, etc. I can't imagine they'd turn down Kangaroo based on the fact that it consolidates disparate content and allows the littler fish to play right alongside with the big fish! Hopefully Skippy will evolve and he'll be saving kids trapped down the wells of change sometime soon. (Wells of change? wheels of change? geddit?... Mine's the one with the Jokes For Dummies book in the pocket)
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