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Old 02-07-2007, 09:21 AM   #1
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LXer: BBC slammed for Microsoft lock-in


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The Open Source Consortium (OSC) has slammed the BBC over plans to lock online TV viewers into Microsoft products. The accusations come after the BBC announced that its new on-demand services will be limited to Microsoft Windows. A report from the BBC Trust said that services will be unavailable to consumers who do not use Microsoft software or have an up-to-date version of Windows.

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Old 02-07-2007, 10:43 AM   #2
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This is rubbish. From the BBC Trust:
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Platform-agnostic approach: As proposed, the TV catch-up service on the internet relies on Microsoft technology for the digital rights management (DRM) framework. The Trust will require the BBC Executive to adopt a platform-agnostic approach within a reasonable timeframe. This requires the BBC to develop an alternative DRM framework to enable users of other technology, for example, Apple and Linux, to access the on-demand services.
C'mon, LXer, you'll turn into Slashdot if you don't do at least *some* checking of your facts.
 
Old 02-07-2007, 10:58 AM   #3
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Sadly not everyone does that. I know (personally tried) at least one internet online movie service (you pay and get to watch a movie online) that has built the service so that it only work with Explorer and ActiveX plugins, meaning that it's very difficult to make it run under any other OS than Windows (I didn't try vmware or such things, for obvious reasons..) -- after sending an email and waiting for a few days there came a short answer that the service was built on "Windows-only technic" and that it was going to stay so, because it was "the easiest approach". Not sure what they meant by that, but it cuts quite a lot of potential customers off them.

It's sad that things running over the internet, such as videos, rely so much on platform-dependent blocks. After all, I don't think it (internet) was ever meant to be platform-dependent, probably just the other way around (or why else are websites written not in Visual Basic but html, php, ..?)
 
Old 02-08-2007, 05:55 AM   #4
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From the BBC Trust:
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Platform-agnostic approach: As proposed, the TV catch-up service on the internet relies on Microsoft technology for the digital rights management (DRM) framework. The Trust will require the BBC Executive to adopt a platform-agnostic approach within a reasonable timeframe. This requires the BBC to develop an alternative DRM framework to enable users of other technology, for example, Apple and Linux, to access the on-demand services.
That is excellent news! If only Channel 4 took such an open attitude!
 
  


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