Broadcasters to launch joint VoD service


Mark Sweney Guardian Unlimited Tuesday November 27 2007 

BBC Worldwide, Channel 4 and ITV are to launch a video-on-demand service offering more than 10,000 hours of TV programming.

The project has a working title Kangaroo as first revealed by MediaGuardian in June. Its launch next year could be a watershed moment in the development of on-demand video media in the UK.

Kangaroo, which one source has described as "wanting to do for broadband what Freeview did for digital TV", will be a joint venture in which BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4 have an equal share.

In a joint statement, the partners said Kangaroo "will work independently as an aggregator of both joint venture partners and third-party content".


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