Kangaroo video venture outlines case for competition
The Competition Commission in the United Kingdom has published the submission from the backers of the proposed Kangaroo project, a joint video on demand venture between the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. The parties claim they will provide a differentiated competitor in a dynamic marketplace, rejecting concerns that it could be seen as a cartel. Some opponents have lodged strong objections, arguing that it could substantially lessen competition.
My Personal TV Digital offers intelligent channels
An intelligent personal television service is being created by the television guide arm of publisher Axel Springer and Aprico, a technology venture of Philips. It will initially be available for Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center from November. It has secured its first advertising partner in Mercedes-Benz.
Sony Pictures proposes Open Market for movie protection
Most of the major movie studios and a number of retailers are apparently preparing to announce support for the Open Market digital rights domain scheme proposed by Sony Pictures. It looks like a last desperate attempt to make digital rights management work to enable online distribution of movies. According to reports, Apple and the Walt Disney studios are notably not involved.
Television Festival sees different views of television
Peter Fincham, a former independent producer, controller of BBC One and now director of television at ITV, used the influential annual McTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival to call on producers to shed their “distrust of the mass audience” and try to build audiences in ways no longer thought possible.
Intel and Yahoo! add internet widgets to television