uk: Competition Commission kills off possible YouTube rival

An ambitious plan to create a rival to YouTube jointly owned by the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, was killed off yesterday after regulators said that it was anti-competitive.Project Kangaroo had hoped to create a single website where viewers could catch up on recently transmitted programmes from the three broadcasters, but, in a surprise ruling, it failed to win the Competition Commission’s approval.
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/media/article5663253.eceProject Kangaroo blocked by Competition Commission
Project Kangaroo, the online TV joint venture between ITV, Channel 4 and BBC Worldwide, has been blocked from launching by the Competition Commission.The beleaguered venture, which late last year lost chief executive Ashley Highfield barely four months into the job, has been deemed too much of a threat to competition in the nascent UK video-on-demand market.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/feb/04/project-kangaroo-blocked-by-competition-commission‘iPlayer’ deal for ITV, Channel 4 and BBC blocked
BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4’s online television joint venture Project Kangaroo has been blocked by the Competition Commission in its final ruling.The aim of the project was to create a ‘one-stop shop’ where viewers in the UK could watch programmes they had missed using a single portal, rather than having to visit multiple websites and, in some instances, install a variety of software.
www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/media/4510485/iPlayer-deal-for-ITV-Channel-4-and-BBC-blocked.html

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