Microsoft will launch its MSN Video Player video-on-demand service in the UK next week, offering 300 hours of free shows to viewers – and leaving viewers using current versions of Mac OS X in the cold.
Initial shows available through the beta service next week will include League of Gentlemen, Peep Show, Shameless and The Young Ones.
The project’s led by Ashley Highfield, now VP consumer and online at Microsoft UK and former BBC director of future media and technology.
“Could Project Kangaroo be stillborn? The commercial equivalent of the BBC iPlayer seems to be beset with difficulties, the latest of which has seen figurehead Ashley Highfield leave for a position heading up Microsoft’s UK web services across all platforms.”