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[News] MSBBC and Ashley's Kangaroo Fail to Jump Away from Antitrust

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Commercial iPlayer faces anti-trust shakedown

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| Project Kangaroo, the commercial on-demand web TV service being developed by 
| BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4, will be investigated by the Competition 
| Commission amid concern that it could stifle rival online efforts.  
| [...]
| When Project Kangaroo does eventually emerge it'll be run by the BBC's 
| departing new media chief Ashley Highfield, reportedly under the 
| monicker "SeeSaw". Don't expect it to surface until 2009.  



BBC iPlayer protest report

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| First on site with me is Tom Chance, Green Party spokesperson on Free 
| Software. He has organized for Dr Derek Wall, lead spokesperson for the Green 
| Party to join us and make some statements about BBC iPlayer and the Microsoft 
| lock-in it establishes.   
| [...]
| We have 1500 fliers to distribute, that focus on the key issue with the 
| iPlayer, and why $130 Million and 4 years of development don't get you much 
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| when you choose Microsoft DRM.  


BBC Director General grilled by MPs on iPlayer

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| During the meeting there is discussion of iPlayer’s total cost to the licence
| fee-payer - the BBC representatives are unable to give a figure, but start
| the bidding at £20m, excluding staff costs. Thomson gives incorrect
| information - that Mac and Linux versions of iPlayer have the same
| functionality as Windows versions - and has to change his evidence at the
| end. Perhaps it was this confusion that prompted Dr John Pugh MP to follow up
| the encounter with a letter direct to Mark Thomson today discussing platform
| neutrality in greater detail. A copy of this letter has been passed to the
| Open Rights Group.        

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