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Re: [Fsfe-uk] BBC's DRM Iplayer windows only

From: Ralph Corderoy
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] BBC's DRM Iplayer windows only
Date: Sat, 08 Sep 2007 10:53:07 +0100

Hi Chris,

> Encouraging response from the PM's Office [1] to the petition (now
> closed):
> "The BBC Trust made it a condition [...] that the iPlayer is available
> to users of a range of operating systems, and [...] 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."
> Not sure where the findings will be published though.

I thought this was poor response, with the Government doing nothing more
than stating the Trust's pre-petition stance?

Either way, if the Beeb intend to widen the range of OS it runs on then
they presumably have a plan.  Have they publicised any bits of that,
e.g. what third-party bits of software have they commissioned be ported,
what other bits are they relying on the third-party to decide to port
and have no direct control over whether that happens, what's the current
rough estimates for these.

Given it apparently uses[1] Kontiki's `keep consuming bandwidth after
you've quit' KService[2], does anyone know if that's already available
on non-Windows platforms?

    1.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intergrated_Media_Player
    2.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kontiki



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