July 24, 2009

Plans for BBC Internet service dropped

The British Broadcasting Corp. and two other TV networks have ended plans for a commercial Internet TV service in the United Kingdom, officials say.

The networks now say they will sell the technology for the project to Arqiva, which aims to launch a video-on-demand service in the United Kingdom a few months.

Known as Project Kangaroo, the original commercial version of the the BBC's iPlayer Internet TV service would have allowed users to download almost any BBC show.

But, the project effectively was killed when the Competition Commission, Britain's antitrust regulator, ruled the service would give too much power to the three networks funding it.