“The BBC must deliver an online TV catch-up service that lets users of all computers download programmes, the corporation’s regulators have said,” The BBC reports on itself.
“It comes after the BBC said a download service for Mac and Linux users was not 100% definite and would depend on cost,” The Beeb reports. “A spokesman for the BBC Trust said it had approved the iPlayer on the condition of ‘platform neutrality,’ including a download service. The BBC said it ‘had not ruled out’ a download system for non-Windows PCs. But, the corporation has promised video streaming for those platforms as well as Windows users by the end of 2007. It has also said it remains ‘committed to platform neutrality.'”
The Beeb reports, “When asked if offering just video streaming across all platforms would fulfil the BBC Trust’s terms of approval for iPlayer, a spokesman for the regulators said: ‘We required platform neutrality across downloads, streaming and cable [set-top boxes].'”
“On Monday, the BBC’s director of Future Media and Technology Ashley Highfield said: ‘We need to get the streaming service up and look at the ratio of consumption between the services and then we need to look long and hard at whether we build a download service for Mac and Linux.’ He added: ‘It comes down to cost per person and reach at the end of the day,'” The Beeb reports. “The BBC Trust spokesman added: ‘We would expect BBC management to come back to us if they are planning any changes to iPlayer.'”
“The BBC has said the problem in offering a cross-platform download service lies in protecting rights holders’ content,” The Beeb reports. “All downloaded video content from the BBC contains digital rights management (DRM) technology to prevent the programmes being copied and to ensure the content is only available for 30 days. The BBC says the DRM offered by Microsoft – which is not available for Linux and has not been licensed from Microsoft by Apple for Macs – is the only solution at present.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “AJK” for the heads up.]
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