BBC denies unfairly favoring Apple’s iOS, explains that Android is ‘fragmented’ and development costly

“The BBC Trust today responded to a complaint the broadcaster favored iOS devices when it comes to adding features to its catch-up on demand iPlayer service for Android phones,” Jonny Evans reports for Computerowrld. “This complaint was rejected because the Trust found ‘no evidence’ to suggest iOS had been ‘unfairly favored.'”

“Instead of pro-Apple favouritism, the Trust found a series of quite logical reasons why Android lagged iOS when new features were added to iPlayer, mostly surrounding the ‘complexity and expense’ of developing for Android,” Evans reports. “The company also noted a couple of other logical reasons why developers dealing with limited time and budget would opt for Apple’s mobile OS: Engagement is higher on Apple devices; Android is fragmented; [and] Android development is complex and expensive.”

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32 Comments

  1. The BBC is NOT government funded — not for its UK-based operations anyway. (International operations do receive some government funding.) The BBC is funded by licence payers — a legal requirement for everyone who uses a tv set or equivalent in the UK. (So the argument that different rules apply is still relevant.)

    1. TA, that’s really a distinction without a difference. A mandatory fee, the collection of which is enforced by power of the government, is in fact a tax; see “Boston Tea Party” for precedents on this. And anything that’s funded by a tax is essentially government-funded.

      (And from your name, I think you’re in the same position as Spock in the new Star Trek universe: a member of an endangered species.)

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