Both are video on demand (VoD) joint multichannel ventures in which the BBC would play a significant role but the OFT says that in the case of Canvas none of the partners will have a “material influence” over the policy’s venture. This view clearly implies that, in the case of Kangaroo, the BBC did – a situation that would have eventually enabled it to exercise a stranglehold over UK IPTV.
But that’s not what Virgin Media chief executive Neil Berkett thinks. He has accused the BBC Trust of supporting the corporation’s bid to become “de facto gatekeeper of the digital world.” Manufactured hysteria, or prescient insight? We’ll know soon enough.