The BBC is serious about attempting to deploy its iPlayer video-on-demand technology as an industry standard, announcing new partnerships with ITV and BT, “to promote a common industry approach and consumer offer to deliver on-demand TV over broadband.”
Such a pan-industry approach may in future pit the BBC and partners against other existing online TV solutions, including iTunes in the UK and similar services elsewhere.
So why is YouTube a parasite, and how come there’s a future for television? In truth, like everything else, the secret is content, the executive explained. YouTube’s success is based on living off content created by broadcasters including ITV Grade maintains.
“The day that Google or Joost or any of these people start investing £1bn a year in UK content is the day I’ll start to be worried,” he said. Continue reading →
Project Kangaroo, the TV video-on-demand joint venture to be jointly-owned by UK broadcasters BBC, ITV and Channel 4, has seen its launch delayed while the UK Competition Commission extends the duration of its probe into the service.
The jointly-owned service was originally expected to launch in the fourth quarter, but launch has now been delayed.