BSkyB made a last-ditch attempt to derail Web TV operation YouView, submitting a complaint to the UK regulator as it met to discuss previous grievances.
The broadcaster claimed the public IPTV service will affect competition in the UK internet TV market in a complaint submitted to Ofcom late Tuesday, FT.com reported, stating it was prevented from airing its views sooner by its involvement in a separate Ofcom investigation.
Its complaint was submitted as Ofcom’s board met to discuss previous complaints from Virgin Media and IP Vision, which both branded the scheme anti-competitive.
The BBC, ITV, BT, Channel 4, TalkTak, Arqiva and Five are backing the project, which aims to combine access to streamed Web content with regular freeview channels in a single set-top box.
Ofcom was due to decide if the complaints held water this month, but that decision could now be delayed due to BSkyB’s involvement, the Independent said.