UK Government responds to BBC ‘iPlayer’ petition

The British governemt today responded to the following petition:

“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.”

Details of petition:

“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.”

The Government’s response:

“The Government set up the BBC Trust to represent the interests of licence fee payers, and to ensure good governance of the BBC. The BBC Trust has responsibility for ensuring that the correct degree of scrutiny is given to all proposals from the BBC Executive for new services (such as the iPlayer) and any significant changes to existing services. To fulfill this duty, the Trust conducted a Public Value Test on the BBC Executive’s proposals to launch new on-demand services, including BBC iPlayer. This included a public consultation and a market impact assessment by Ofcom. In the case of the iPlayer, following the consultation, the Trust noted the strong public demand for the service to be available on a variety of operating systems. The BBC Trust made it a condition of approval for the BBC’s on-demand services that the iPlayer is available to users of a range of operating systems, and has given a commitment that it will ensure that the BBC meets this demand as soon as possible. They will measure the BBC’s progress on this every six months and publish the findings.”

More info here.

Translation: keep waiting and we’ll keep “measuring.” There ought to be a petition against naming it “iPlayer” in Apple-esque fashion when the damn thing won’t even work on Macs.


  1. @ Chuckles:

    I wouldn’t go as far as to say that the BBC is in bed with anyone. They probably hired someone to handle their content and the contractor they hired is too lazy to develop on more than one platform ala UFC on demand. It’s always Internet Explorer on windows. Lazy web developers that’s all.

  2. Jezza. If you don’t have a TV I think you can get a form to fill in so you don’t have to pay a TV license fee. Check on the BBC tv license website.

    I for one will be asking for a discount on my TV license until I can get these downloads on my Mac.

    I don’t see why they wouldn’t consider it.

    I rarely tune into BBC channels anyway.

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