BBC & Channel 4 Ink Deal With Kangaroo Purchaser

Arqiva, the company that purchased the Project Kangaroo video-on-demand service, has penned content deals with BBC Worldwide and Channel 4 to broadcast their programmes on its yet to be named video catch up service, according to the reports from The Daily Telegraph.

It has been reported that the transmission company has completed the legal procedure of acquisition of the technology built up for the doomed IPTV joint venture Project Kangaroo, which included broadcasting heavyweights like the BBC, Channel 4, and ITV.

With the help of this technology, the company is gearing up to come up with its own video-on-demand service in the UK in the upcoming months, presenting a wide range of free-to-air as well as paid programmes from a variety of broadcasters and content providers from the UK.

A top-level source in the media industry notified the newspaper that both Channel 4 and BBC worldwide have inked deals with Arqiva to allow the company to broadcast their shows on its new platform.

The newspaper quoted the source saying, “BBC Worldwide have already signed similar deals for their archive material with MSN Video and BlinkBox. However, this will be the first long form content deal Channel 4 has signed - allowing its programmes to be seen in full away from 4oD”.

Our Comments

So it seems that even if the competition commission has killed promising video on demand service Kangaroo, the latter has come back with a vengeance via Arqiva. Now it would be interesting to see whether the private company miffs the CC again.

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