Re: [News] [Rights] BBC's Linux iPlayer may only offer streaming
[H]omer <email@example.com> espoused:[color=blue]
> BBC Quietly Announces Linux/Mac iPlayer
>| Keir Thomas writes "When the BBC released its new iPlayer
>| watch-on-demand service, there were many complaints about the fact
>| it was Windows-only -- the equivalent of current BBC broadcasts
>| only being watchable on, say, a Sony television. The good news is
>| that the BBC has announced a Flash-based player for Linux and Mac
>| due by the end of the year. (The announcement is buried half way
>| down the page.) The bad news is that it will probably only offer
>| streaming, and not the ability to download programs, like the
>| Windows client has. Quote: 'It comes down to cost per person and
>| reach at the end of the day.'"
> The "cost" argument is bull****. The BBC already uses RealPlayer
> technology to provide media, and this already supports DRM (if they
> absolutely /must/ use it), so why did the Beeb ever even approach MS to
> begin with ... they already had /all/ the technology they needed?
> And even now ... rather than use the Real technology that is already
> integrated at the BBC, they'd /still/ rather turn to Adobe for a
> half-baked solution.
> It's just a series of excuses designed to favour their new "partner".
Because they're recruited some ex-Microsoft people, I would imagine.
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