Orange May Buy Project Kangaroo Broadband TV
Mobile communications provider Orange has confirmed it is examining the possibility of buying the broadband TV technology developed by Project Kangaroo.
Project Kangaroo is the Broadband TV joint venture between ITV, the BBC and Channel 4 that has been stopped by the Competition Commission, despite over £20 million pounds of investment.
With the assets of the company now being sold to recover some of the investment, Orange is one of two companies in talks to buy the technology behind it.
A spokesman for Orange said, “We are examining this company and we see of course that it could be interesting. Nothing has been decided but we can confirm we are examining it.”
Should Orange end up buying the Project Kangaroo technology, it is thought that the company will use it to expand its broadband TV service throughout Europe. In particular, they are planning to use it in France where there are currently more than one million subscribers to its Orange TV service.
A France Telecom spokesman said: “On Orange TV we are very cautious about what we are saying in the UK, but it could help us in developing more quickly Orange TV projects in France.”
Orange had been looking to launch Orange TV within the UK, however due to the current economic downturn, its plans were put on hold.
A trial consumer group was reportedly ready to test the new service in the UK but they have now been advised that the project has been temporarily cancelled.