Feeds

Project Kangaroo gets more time to defend anti-trust claims

Probe into commercial iPlayer delayed

Top three mobile application threats

The Competition Commission said today that its anti-trust investigation into Project Kangaroo, the joint internet TV venture by BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4, will take longer than expected.

The trio of broadcasters has asked for more time to negotiate how they plan to operate the commercial video on demand operation. Regulators have extended the deadline for their evidence from the end of July until 8 September.

The Competition Commission also today released its issues statement on the plans, setting out the criteria it will use to test whether it will result in a "significant loss of competition". These include judgments on whether the three broadcasters involved are likely to offer their shows at wholesale to other video-on-demand operators under unfavourable terms compared to Project Kangaroo.

Watchdogs will also examine whether the joint venture, which is planned to offer both free-to-view ad-supported content and paid-for downloads, is likely to grant Project Kangaroo the power to raise consumer prices or stymie innovation.

Their decision could have wide-ranging implications for how UK anti-trust regulations are applied online. The investigation will consider whether the market Project Kangaroo competes in will be web display advertising, video-on-demand advertising or the TV industry.

The case was escalated to the Competition Commission by the Office of Fair Trading at the end of June. It received submissions from Sky, Virgin Media and others raising concerns that they could be frozen out of the nascent market for professional, commercial internet TV.

At the time, ITV chairman Michael Grade decried the investigation, pointing out that regulators have allowed US corporations Google and Apple to assume near-monopolies over other internet media. The BBC commercial arm, ITV and Channel 4 should be allowed to profit online from their investment in TV creativity, he argued.

The provisional finding of the investigation are now due in November, with a full report scheduled for mid-January next year. Project Kangaroo is unlikely to surface until well into 2009. ®

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich
New 'Atlas of ICT Activity' finds innovation isn't happening at Silicon Roundabout
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.