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Orange drops interest in Project Kangaroo
Thursday 21 May 2009 12:57:41 by John Hunt

Broadband and mobile operator Orange has dropped dropped it's interest in Project Kangaroo, the on-demand television service from the BBC, ITV and Channel4 that was blocked by the Competition Commission. The companies invested around £20m in the technology underlying the player that it is thought Orange were interested in deploying in France.

"We can confirm that we are not pursuing our interest in the catch-up TV service Kangaroo. After in-depth due diligence, we concluded that it was unlikely that an outcome which benefited France Telecom's Orange operations would be met."

Statement from Orange's parent company, France Telecom

In other video on-demand news, Hulu, a popular US TV streaming service is expected to launch in September with a UK version. The company backed by NBC Universal, Disney and News Corp. are said to be in talks with the BBC, ITV and Channel4 over airing their content, although there is a reported sticking point on the rights to sell advertising space during the material. ITV and Channel4 are looking for control of the ads that will be shown before, during or after their content whilst Hulu want the rights to sell this directly. One light at the end of the tunnel may be a recent deal between Channel4 and Google over the ad space in material shown on Youtube. We have to hope that when this does appear it will be compatible with things like Project Canvas that are in development to provide a standardised set-top box for viewing online on-demand content.


Posted by CARPETBURN over 7 years ago
quote"The company backed by NBC Universal, Disney and News Corp. are said to be in talks with the BBC, ITV and Channel4 over airing their content"
Do we really need another service that streams BBC, ITV and C4 content, the respective sites already do it, a service called Zattoo also do it and so does TVcatchup. Ill be far more interested in seeing the State side content like Lost, Reaper, 24 and a few other series which either cant be had here at all or are Sky only... Good job there are ways already to watch Hulu content in this country with trickery :D
Posted by chrysalis over 7 years ago
ofcom making things go backwards in their stupid persuit for artificial competition.
Posted by chrysalis over 7 years ago
just had a thought, if ofcom hold of IPTV services for years to come they are also getting rid of the expensive backhaul dillema they have with BTw and of course the FTTx upgrades that people are asking for, the more I think about it the more I think ofcom are sabotaging progression.
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