BBC to Offer iPlayer Technology To Channel 4 and ITV
After announcing last week that complaints against a collaboration between the broadcasters on Project Kangaroo, a few of you raised how typical of UK regulators this is. And in true form, Ofcom this week released a public service broadcasting review that includes order for the BBC to open up the iPlayer platform to all the other major UK broadcasters.
As a result, Channel4, ITV, and Channel 5 would have free and unlimited access to the technology, with Sky, Virgin, and Tiscali possibly being invited at a later stage.
If the BBC opens the platform it would create an open IPTV standard, which would increase competition by making it easier for new broadcasters to enter the market. It’s quite possible that the technology could become a standard complementary service to media websites such as Youtube, making iPlayer an online Freeview, which is exactly what Kangaroo was looking to become.