BBC plans to take on Apple’s iTunes with ‘iPlayer’

“The BBC’s plans for a TV catch-up service for licence payers is slowly transforming into a serious rival to iTunes, delivering music and video from a variety of broadcasters to a media-hungry world,” Tom Dunmore reports for Stuff Magazine. “The BBC is in a unique position in the UK: a taxpayer-funded broadcaster that can afford to produce best-of-breed TV and online services without the support of advertising.”

Dunmore reports, “The original idea behind iPlayer – known during last year’s trial as iMP – was to allow viewers to catch up with the last week’s BBC TV and radio shows by downloading them from the web or streaming them over iPTV. Now BBC Worldwide head honcho John Smith is inviting rival broadcasters like C4, ITV and Sky to participate in iPlayer, making it an online alternative to the Freeview digital terrestrial platform.”

“Fortunately, one of the findings of the BBC Trust’s initial report into iPlayer was that it had to be accessible through different platforms – including Mac and Linux, which currently lack the Windows Media 10 DRM used by C4 and Sky. Let’s hope that the BBC can find a less stringent, more open copy protection system that allows wireless streaming and transferring video to portable devices. If it works, it could force iTunes – and, more importantly, the studios and labels backing it – to ditch restrictive, product-specific DRM altogether,” Dunmore reports.

Full article here.

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49 Comments

  1. The BBC are a collection of utter idiots. The head of it got booted out, the head of their news division got booted out, and a lying dog reporter about the Blair Iraq business got booted out. An independent judge found that the stinking organization was biased, doing slipshod reporting, and basically liars.

    Now this same collection of screw up clowns thinks they know how to do technology. The British taxpayer is going to be taken for another ride.

    Time to disband the whole lot of assclowns and end this crap of an institution forever.

  2. To “S”

    Is “Time to disband the whole lot of assclowns and end this crap of an institution forever.” anything like “sell the company and give the money back to the shareholders”??????? LOL

    N.

  3. I wish the BBC would do a deal with Apple and make its programmes available on the iTunes store, so that customers in the colonies could simply buy the material. Possibly UK customers would pay less if registered on the UK iTunes store, given that they are requiured to pay license fees already.

    Please Apple Inc. get on this, because it would solve the distribution problem for both Windows and Mac users in places like the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand where there is tremendous demand for UK produced programmes. The BBC could even make a lot more money in this way, perhaps even the fees could be reduced.

    No sense writing Apple because they just respond that their lawyers won’t let them take suggestions from outside the Apple tent.

    No sense writing the BBC if not a UK citizen.

  4. S:

    Andrew Gilligan of BBC said Blair’s report into Weapons Of Mass Destruction to justify war on Iraq was “sexed up”; this caused a storm as UK’s socialist government denied it was true, and set up a whitewash (sorry, Lord Hutton’s report).

    Considering it later turned out that the Iraq Dossier had been downloaded from a students work on the internet, and then had ‘facts’ added like Saddam had capability to launch WMD at UK with 45 minutes notice.

    Perhaps you should reconsider who the “liars” were. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  5. “Financed with tax payers money?”

    No – LICENCE payers money. There’s a difference.

    “An independent judge found that the stinking organization was biased, doing slipshod reporting, and basically liars.”

    A tiny bit generalised when talking about a huge organisation such as the BBC, and as a BBC journalist with a strong sense of morals I highly disagree.

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