BBC may share iPlayer with ITV, Channel 4

Following a negative judgment in the Project Kangaroo initiative, the BBC is now considering offering its popular iPlayer technology to Channel 4 and ITV.

The BBC, Channel 4 and ITV had been working together to establish Project Kangaroo as a one-stop shop for TV show streaming and downloads from the broadcasters. However, in a decision revealed this month UK competition regulators nixed these plans on fears they would stifle competition in the UK market.

Citing sources close to the corporation, The Guardian informs of the BBC’s iPlayer plans, part of its response to the public service broadcasting review being conducted by Ofcom.

Also under consideration are plans to establish an independent trust to oversee BBC Worldwide in the event Channel 4 takes a stake in the business.

The report also reveals the BBC thinks iPlayer is a better technology than competing forms, such as Silverlight, and aims to transform it into an industry standard.

Other advantages of the plan may include a reduction in post-production work for broadcasters using iPlayer, though the report also informs Ofcom must ultimately consent to the plan.

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