BBC to offer iPlayer to rivals

December 10, 2008

The BBC is exploring the possibility of sharing the technology behind the iPlayer with other UK based public service broadcasters.

This is being looked into because of the question mark still hanging over the way that the licence fee funds are distributed.

This particularly affects Channel Four who already have a deficit running into millions.

There has been talk of allowing Channel Four a stake in the BBC’s commercial division, BBC Worldwide, but allowing ITV and Channel Four access to the technology behind the iPlayer would help them significantly.

ITV have just recently announced that they are to rename their catch up service as ITV Player.

Some may say that this is a deal that is very similar to the difficult to launch video on demand service Kangaroo.


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