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Orange UK Abandons Plans to Buy Defunct Broadband TV Project Kangaroo

Posted: 20th May, 2009 By: MarkJ
Not long ago Orange UK hinted that it might buy at least part of the failed Project Kangaroo service (original news), a broadband Internet TV (IPTV) venture between the BBC, ITV and Channel4. Sadly the service was abandoned after the Competition Commission (CC) blocked its introduction. Today the Telegraph reports that Orange has now pulled out of negotiations to buy the services technology, allegedly because the price was too high.

France Telecom, Orange’s parent company, said: "We can confirm that we are not pursuing our interest in the catch-up TV service Kangaroo. After in-depth due diligence, we concluded that it was unlikely that an outcome which benefited France Telecom's Orange operations would be met."

In related news the BBC is once again promoting the idea that users of its web-based iPlayer IPTV service, specifically those that don't own a Television set, should be made to pay the license fee. This is not a new call but somewhat goes against the original notion of iPlayer being a free service. There are even hints that the BBC may consider a subscription fee model for iPlayer.
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