Orange to Buy Project Kangaroo Tech

Failed BBC project to be given a second life.

Project Kangaroo may yet be saved – if rumours are to be believed, Orange is looking to snap up the video-on-demand technology behind (linkout: to bolster its own Orange TV service.

Speaking to the Guardian, a spokesperson at Orange’s parent company, France Telecom wouldn’t confirm that Orange is planning to make an offer to take control of Kangaroo’s assets – which BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4 are looking to rid themselves of – only confirming that: “We are examining this company and we see of course that it could be interesting.”

Of course there would be a downside to Orange TV getting hold of Kangaroo: the service is only available in France currently. That said, France Telecom’s spokesperson did hint at developments to come there, saying: “On Orange TV we are very cautious about what we are saying in the UK but (Kangaroo) could help us in developing more quickly Orange TV projects in France.”

We’d still rather see Kangaroo as originally envisioned, though…


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