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Joint on-demand TV service from three broadcasters

The BBC, ITV and Channel 4 are set to launch a joint on-demand service that will marry together each of the providers TV over broadband services. Details of this can be read over on BBC News Online.

The plan which will require approval by the BBC Trust and boards of the other broadcasters will act as an online aggregation point with each broadcasters current application continuing.

"The joint service has the potential to become an important shop window for UK broadcaster content and a great destination for viewers "

Michael Grade, ITV executive chairman

Some degree of co-operation between broadcasters may help to reduce costs at a time when budgets are stretched, but ambitions to increase availability of content are ever increasing.


In wonder if this, like iPlayer, will need Windows or whether it will be platform neutral.

  • grahammm
  • over 13 years ago

I think you are more likely to see flying pigs

  • LCake
  • over 13 years ago

Say bye bye to your nice shiney new 21CN monthly allowance for 2008 LOL or expect the so called ondemand to be more like as the throttle from your ISP demands before you get the content LOL

  • over 13 years ago

Hopefully it will be cross platform. If a miracle happens and Ofcom do rule on this, then they should state that it has to be platform neutral. After all part of their remit is to avoid anti-competitive practices and as MS is in the dock for Windows Media Player, it seems difficult to understand how Ofcom can allow this.

  • ismoore999
  • over 13 years ago

Joint on demand? Yeah man, pass the bong <g>.

  • drteeth
  • over 13 years ago

Will this joint service use the same piece of Kontiki malware (KService.exe) which the BBC, Sky and 4od use now? If so, I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole! Once bitten, ....
See Jack Schofield's page at for more on Kontiki.

  • lweston
  • over 13 years ago

The current distribution network is shared, why don't people expect the same to happen on the internet?

  • ChrisKerswell
  • over 13 years ago

Agree entirely with you Iweston, its a nasty little app that gives you no control whatsoever over when it accesses your connection.

  • over 13 years ago

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