Ask the BBC make upcoming iPlayer on-demand service Mac compatible

“The BBC Trust has given the go-ahead to the corporation’s iPlayer on-demand service, but with a number of changes including some proposed by media watchdog Ofcom,” MarketingWeek reports.

MarketingWeek reports, “Diane Coyle, the BBC Trust member who chairs the public value test steering group, says: ‘Our view is that the BBC’s new on-demand services are likely to deliver significant public value, and should be allowed to proceed, but subject to certain conditions in order to reduce the potential negative market impact.'”

“BBC management has been asked to ensure that the on-demand TV services work on all computer operating systems, not just Microsoft’s Windows XP and Windows Media Player 10,” MarketingWeek reports.

MarketingWeek reports, “The Trust’s proposals will go to further consultation, with a March 28 deadline for submissions. A final decision is expected in May.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “John D.” for the heads up.]
Bravo! Now, let’s see if they actually do it.

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[UPDATED: February 1, 2007: 8:45am.]


  1. You know, I’m against legislating personal choices, but I’m not against legislation or corporate mandates that ensure that we even have choices. I wonder if any of us stops to think about just how close we’ve come to completely losing our choice to NOT use Windows. It’s just plain scary.

  2. Randian are you for real?

    In case you are:

    Judging by the growing Mac use I see here in England and the growing number of Apple Stores I think we’re more than comfortable with Macs.

    Btw maybe you mean Britain not England as England is part of the island of Great Britain. I’m guessing you’re American Judging by your ignorance. As for us not being prepared to think different, I suppose that’s why we seem to lead the world when it comes to inventions and design etc which tend to require people to think different.

    And for the other thickos out there, no the BBC is not anti Mac, they even make use of Macs and people who work for them aren’t afraid to say they use Macs. Some people just need to get a life and stop being so paranoid. The BBC are the most respected news service out there and the site keeps winning various best news website awards but some people just throw a fit when they deem something to be anti Mac or even anti American.

    Having said that, the BBC clearly need to make the service mac compatible, but they are a bit hampered when MS don’t make the DRM for Mac and Apple doesn’t license its own DRM. Channel 4 is in the same position with its download service but they tell me they want to make it available for Mac users and will just as soon as someone provides a solution. Maybe that will come from Apple and not MS.

    English, British and a Mac fan who is not paranoid.

  3. Max: “The BBC are the most respected news service out there…”

    Out where? Respected by whom? That’s a wonderfully clever blanket statement that’s empty of any kind of substance. You’re obviously not an ignorant American, Andy. You’re an ignorant Brit. Besides the funny accent, what’s the difference?

  4. “I’ve emailed the BBC’s iPlayer team about this in the past, and have received similar replies that other UK broadcasters who deliver content over the web provide.

    Love to do it. Rights holders demand DRM. Only DRM scheme on Mac is FairPlay. Apple do not license FairPlay.”

    You’re forgetting RealNetworks’ Helix DRM scheme, which is compatible with Mac, Linux, Windows and Solaris. So noone can complain really. Sure it’s not as good as Quicktime/iTunes, but until Apple license FairPlay (which they won’t) it’s the best bet for video-on-demand on the Mac.

    This is what they’ve suggested in the report. So long as the RealPlayer solution is as feature-rich as the WMV one then I’ll be happy-ish, but maybe the BBC should negotiate with DVD Jon over licensing FairPlay?

  5. “Out where? Respected by whom? That’s a wonderfully clever blanket statement that’s empty of any kind of substance. You’re obviously not an ignorant American, Andy. You’re an ignorant Brit. Besides the funny accent, what’s the difference?”

    Name a more respected news source.

  6. “Microsoft represents “think just the same as everybody else,” a philosophy with which Englanders have always been comfortable”…

    I don’t know what kind of crack Randian is smoking, but he should clearly stop now. Britain is at the forefront of creativity in everything from cutting-edge fashion to graphic design and art. Mac’s are just a popular in the UK as they are in the US. The Beeb might not be super Mac friendly, but it’s clearly not representative of the UK as a whole.

  7. Of course, the problem with some of the Little Americans who post on this site is that they are so insecure in their nationhood that their only comfort is knocking the country which effectively provided the template for many of their institutions.

    You see the same thing with some Australians, but at least when they claim to be the World Champions of something, it tends to be a sport that other countries play.

    And just to round it off for those who like knocking Brits…

    1) You wouldn’t have this web page, HTML or HTTP if it wasn’t for a Brit, namely Sir Tim Berners-Lee who developed the system using a NeXT system.

    2) Nearly all of Apple’s products since 1998 share a common industrial designer, namely Jonathan Ive – another Brit.

    3) The UK is now so important to Apple’s international business that Apple moved their European headquarters back to Stockley Park after being in Paris for many years.

    4) If the BBC is so anti-Apple/Mac, how come the BBC Motion Library is so comprehensively committed to QuickTime and H.264?

    5) This is mainly for Jay Rice’s benefit: the BBC has delivered consistent coverage of the so-called “war on terriers” (or whatever your retarded head of state is calling it today as he mangles the English language using what’s left of his alcohol-stunted, coke-addled brain) since Day One. It should be noted that a study group that includes Chimpy McFlightsuit’s father’s consigliere (James Baker) as a member thinks that Iraq is a fsck-up, so presumably the whole of the Iraq Study Group is also full of terrier-loving commies. Still, at least GWB has you, Laura and the dog on his side. BTW, surprised that you’re still around; I can remember that you used to claim that the Democrats were never going to regain any influence in Washington – goes to prove how much you know.

  8. Biscuit: had no about the Real Player DRM. I’ll be emailing BBC, Channel Four, Five and BSkyB laters. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    Interestingly, the majority of BBC output over the web is in RealPlayer anyway; they restrict use by geo-IP (e.g. so you can’t watch ‘Top Geap’ over in USA, but can in UK). However, their recent _dealings_ with Microsoft has meant they have started offering video clips and streaming programmes in Windows Media. 🙁

    They should stick with Real or maybe … just maybe … Apple will license FairPlay to likes of BBC.

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