More TV OD for your PC - MSN launches video player
Another reason to abandon the direct debit payments for your TV licence will be handed to you by Microsoft next week, when it launches a free TV on-demand service. The MSN Video Player is headed up by the former BBC executive responsible for the iPlayer and Project Kangaroo - a VOD player combining content from ITV, BBC Worldwide and Channel 4 that was killed before launch by the Competition Commission.
Microsoft has struck a deal with BBC Worldwide and independent producers to screen programmes after they've expired on the VOD players of their indigenous channels. The six month pilot is also launching with 300 hours of content, hopefully not all of it the pant-shittingly bad Hotel Babylon or the rage-inducing How To Look Good Naked:
MSN are launching their commercially funded aggregator to steal the march on the likes of Hulu, a phenomenally successful VOD service in the US which is expected to become available in the UK this Autumn, and Arqiva, the transmission infrastructure giants who last week snapped up the remains of Project Kangaroo in order to launch their own VOD service.