Dan Marks, the chief executive of BT Vision, is to step down from the IPTV platform after four years.
The former Universal Studios executive has expressed frustration at the dominance of BSkyB in Premiership football, and at regulatory delays with Canvas, the over-the-top TV venture between BT, the BBC and ITV.
Although BT Vision has been criticised for its slow progress, the operation has still secured close to 500,000 homes in a little over two years. Ironically, the premise of offering VOD to light television users faces its greatest challenge from the likes of Canvas and other over-the-top television services.
In an interview with the Financial Times, Marks said it would be difficult to meet BT’s target of two to three million subscribers by 2011.
BT Vision takes its basic channels from the DTT platform Freeview, adding its own VOD content over the BT network, but there are no premium channels available.