British citizens: e-petition Prime Minister regarding Mac compatibility for BBC ‘iPlayer’

Petitions have long been sent to the Prime Minister by post or delivered to the Number 10 door in person. You can now both create and sign petitions on this website too, giving you the opportunity to reach a potentially wider audience and to deliver your petition directly to Downing Street. The e-petitions system launched in November 2006. A new petition is now online:

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to prevent the BBC from making its iPlayer on-demand television service available to Windows users only, and instruct the corporation to provide its service for other operating systems also.

The BBC plans to launch an on-demand tv service which uses software that will only be available to Windows users. The BBC should not be allowed to show commercial bias in this way, or to exclude certain groups of the population from using its services. The BBC say that they provide ‘services for everyone, free of commercial interests and political bias’. Locking the new service’s users into Microsoft Windows whilst ignoring those members of society who use other operating systems should does not fit in with the BBC’s ethos and should not be allowed.

You must be a British citizen or resident to sign the petition. Please do so here.

MacDailyNews Note: We strongly urge British citizens to sign this petition.

Related article:
Ask the BBC make upcoming iPlayer on-demand service Mac compatible – February 01, 2007


  1. We ought to start another petition about the wretched NHS.
    The online booking system won’t work with Macs…
    … when I rang up to complain, I pointed out that a ‘minority’ was being excluded. How would they react, I went on, if their website excluded all, say, Muslims? They spluttered, then promised to conduct a full review….
    … still waiting.
    … as I am for the hospital appointment.

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