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Orange has abandoned talks to buy failed broadband internet TV service venture Project Kangaroo.

Project Kangaroo was to be a collaborative internet TV and video-on-demand service from Channel 4, BBC Worldwide and ITV.

The operator's parent company France Telecom had previously expressed an interest in buying at least part of the venture, specifically thought to be its technology.

According to the Daily Telegraph, however, France Telecom revealed in a statement that it is no longer going ahead with its plans.

The organisation was quoted by the newspaper as saying: "We can confirm that we are not pursuing our interest in the catch-up TV service Kangaroo.

"After in-depth due diligence, we concluded that it was unlikely that an outcome which benefited France Telecom's Orange operations would be met."

Project Kangaroo was originally abandoned earlier this year after its introduction was blocked by the Competition Commission.

It is thought that approximately £20 million has been spent on the development of the technology.

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