“The BBC has been accused of forcing people to use Microsoft operating systems and has been threatened with a complaint to the European Commission,” BBC News reports.
The Beeb reports, “The charge concerns the use of Microsoft technology in the corporation’s forthcoming iPlayer. The web service, set for launch later this year, allows viewers to watch shows up to 30 days after broadcast. The BBC has said it does intend to allow access to its content from computers with other operating systems [however] a statement from the organisation read: It is not possible to put an exact timeframe on when BBC iPlayer will be available for Mac users. However, we are working to ensure this happens as soon as possible and the BBC Trust will be monitoring progress on a six monthly basis.“
“The accusations against the BBC have been made by advocacy group the Open Source Consortium (OSC),” The Beeb reports. “‘The BBC has a mandate to provide equal access to people irrespective of platform,” said Mark Taylor, president of OSC. ‘We don’t think it is appropriate to lock people into a particular desktop technology.’ The OSC has compared the situation to the BBC offering programmes that only work on certain makes of television.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Macaday” for the heads up.]