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TVCatchup investigated

December 18, 2007

An advertiser-funded broadband service allowing users to record TV shows from 12 of the UK’s biggest free-to-air channels could be heading for a legal battle with broadcasters. The BBC has already said it will investigate the legality of TVCatchup, which is aiming to act as a 'personal online VCR' allowing users to record, and then watch, shows scheduled for the next seven days on channels including BBC1, ITV1, Channel 4, Channel Five and Sky Sports News.

The BBC, one of a number of broadcasters investing heavily in launching media players and catch-up TV services, intends to investigate the legality of TVCatchup’s business model. “We are not aware of TVCatchup having approached us, nor have we given our permission for them to make BBC programmes available to the public on this basis,” said a BBC spokesman.

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