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[News] [Rival] MSBBC iPlayer a "Multi Million Pound Disaster" (and Spyware)

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] MSBBC iPlayer a "Multi Million Pound Disaster" (and Spyware)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2007 23:36:38 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
[...and Microsoft in the NHS was a multi BILLION Pound Disaster.]

Why is the iPlayer a multi million pound disaster?

,----[ Quote ]
| Today, YouTube, Joost and BT Vision deliver video on demand to millions using 
| streaming and P2P techniques that are evolving rapidly. For a large 
| proportion of the web viewing public even YouTube's poor quality video is 
| good enough.   
| The iPlayer now looks like an anachronism; a clunky, proprietary client in a 
| world where content producers of the Beeb's quality should be more powerful 
| than ever and "platform" operators are beating a path to their door.  
| As it turns out, the Beeb itself has proved that making shows available with 
| streaming solution would have been cheaper and quicker to develop. The Flash  
| player catch-up service cobbled together in response to Mac and Linux iPlayer 
| interoperabilty gripes took just a few months.  


Of course the latter would be better, but how would it help the BBC's sister
(in forcing people to buy spyware like Microsoft Windows)?

New from Heise:

Going online, public TV chooses different licensing paths

,----[ Quote ]
| Currently described as "seven day catch-up television", the iPlayer service 
| allows programme downloads a 30 day content lifetime with a seven day viewing 
| window, after which the content is automatically deleted. The service 
| is "free for UK licence fee payers". On the face of it, this would seem very 
| similar to the NDR offering, except that the the BBC has not published 
| explicit license terms, but is instead relying on technological DRM. Indeed 
| in a podcast interview at the end of October, Ashley Highfield, the BBC's 
| director of Future Media and Technology stated "once we get to that stage, 
| where the content, wherever it goes, can have all the rules associated with 
| how it should behave, and once its able to tell us who's viewing it, where 
| they're viewing it ... then it doesn't really matter where the content goes".          
| The concern we have is that unlike the NDR open model under which the end 
| user knows what rights and restrictions pertain to the content, the iPlayer 
| approach is covert and keeps the user in the dark: "Here's a binding 
| contract. You must subscribe to it but you're not allowed to see it."   


So it is indeed spyware. MSBBC wants to spy on people. And it wants them to use
Windows, which has back doors for governments to intrude. Yay!!11


Ubuntu Linux maker joins OSC over iPlayer campaign

,----[ Quote ]
| As the Internet becomes part of everyone's lives - we will all go online 
| using more types of device. Locking access to BBC iPlayer content to phones 
| and internet tablets running Windows(tm) is shortsighted and bad for 
| fee-payers. Platform neutral means that we need   
| a solution that supports Linux and Apple's OSX."
| We fully support the OSC's vital campaign that the iPlayer support Linux and 
| trust that the BBC sees why this is in the interest of feepayers." 


What tricks is the BBC up to with Microsoft?

,----[ Quote ]
| The twin elephants in the meeting room will be Microsoft's Silverlight and 
| PlayReady. 


BBC's iPlayer's Prospects Looking Bleak

,----[ Quote ]
| "The future of iPlayer, the BBC's new online on-demand system for delivering 
| content, is continuing to look bleaker. With ISPs threatening to throttle the 
| content delivered through the iPlayer, consumers petitioning the UK 
| government and the BBC to drop the DRM and Microsoft-only technology, and 
| threatened legal action from the OSC, the last thing the BBC wanted to see 
| today was street protests at their office and at the BBC Media Complex 
| accompanied by a report issued by DefectiveByDesign about their association 
| with Microsoft."       


BBC iPlayer protest report

,----[ Quote
| First on site with me is Tom Chance, Green Party spokesperson on Free 
| Software. He has organized for Dr Derek Wall, lead spokesperson for the Green 
| Party to join us and make some statements about BBC iPlayer and the Microsoft 
| lock-in it establishes.   
| [...]
| We have 1500 fliers to distribute, that focus on the key issue with the 
| iPlayer, and why $130 Million and 4 years of development don't get you much 
| when you choose Microsoft DRM.  


Anti-DRM Protesters call on the BBC to eliminate DRM from the iPlayer

,----[ Quote ]
| London and Manchester, England – Two weeks after the BBC officially launched 
| the iPlayer, protesters wearing bright yellow Hazmat suits gathered outside 
| BBC Television Center in London and BBC headquarters in Manchester to demand 
| that Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) be eliminated from the BBC.   
| The BBC have developed the "iPlayer" at a cost to the BBC license fee payer 
| of £130 Million and rising.  
| [...]
| FSF Executive Director attending the protest spoke about the corrupting 
| influence of Microsoft, "BBC values have been corrupted because BBC 
| Executives are too closely associated with Microsoft. BBC values have been 
| corrupted because the iPlayer uses proprietary software and standards made 
| under an exclusive deal with Microsoft. BBC values have been corrupted 
| because license fee payers must now own a Microsoft operating system to 
| download BBC programming. BBC values have been corrupted because license fee 
| payers must accept DRM technologies that spy and monitor on the digital files 
| held on their computers. We are here today to help BBC Director General Mark 
| Thompson, clean up this DRM mess, and to encourage the BBC Trust to reverse 
| course and eliminate DRM from the BBC iPlayer"          


BBC iPlayer Protests 

,----[ Quote ]
| Who are the people responsible for creating this mess?
|     * Mark Thompson, BBC director general (DG)
|     * Erik Huggers, group controller at BBC Future Media & Technology
|     * Ashley Highfield, director of new media and technology
| Right now, there is very considerable concern within the BBC that the actions 
| of the Director General and his team are sending the corporation in the wrong 
| direction. The BBC has been embroiled in a number of recent controversies, 
| all linked back to the DG's leadership.   


BBC Corrupted

,----[ Quote ]
| Today the BBC made it official -- they have been corrupted by Microsoft. With 
| today's launch of the iPlayer, the BBC Trust has failed in its most basic of 
| duties and handed over to Microsoft sole control of the on-line distribution 
| of BBC programming. From today, you will need to own a Microsoft operating 
| system to view BBC programming on the web. This is akin to saying you must 
| own a Sony TV set to watch BBC TV. And you must accept the Digital  
| Restrictions Management (DRM) that the iPlayer imposes. You simply cannot be 
| allowed to be in control of your computer according to the BBC.      


BBC iPlayer petition hits 10,000

,----[ Quote
| More than 10,000 people have signed an e-petition on the 10 Downing Street 
| website urging the BBC to make its iPlayer available to non-Windows users. 


EC threat to BBC over downloads

,----[ Quote ]
| However, OSC disagrees and says the next step is to make a formal 
| complaint to the European Commission (EC).
| "We're preparing the full details at the moment and we will be 
| sending a formal letter within the next week," said Mr Taylor. 


Open sourcers rattle EU sabre at BBC on demand player

,----[ Quote ]
| The BBC is being threatened with an anti-trust challenge in Europe over its 
| use of the Windows Media format in its on demand service, iPlayer, which is
| in the final stages of testing.


Free the BBC

,----[ Quote ]
| We are deeply concerned about the BBC's use of "Digital Rights 
| Management" (DRM) to manage content delivered to users over the 
| Internet. There are dozens of arguments against DRM, however we 
| believe these are the most important and relevant to the BBC.


Save the BBC from Windows DRM!

,----[ Quote ]
| Clearly, shutting out 25% of your audience sits ill with the BBC's
| remit of serving all of its users...
| There is no denying that this is an extremely difficult area for
| the BBC, since it must negotiate not one but three minefields -
| those of technology standards, copyright and contract law. But
| there are still things that it could do without turning into a
| global advertisement for Microsoft's flawed DRM approach.


BBC plans to lock viewers into Microsoft monopoly says Open Source Consortium

,----[ Quote ]
| The Open Source Consortium (OSC) believes the plans are anti-competitive
| and will use public money to lock viewers into the technologies of
| a repeatedly convicted monopolist.


Beeb slammed for 'fawning' to Bill Gates 

,----[ Quote ]
| BBC viewers have flooded the corporation with complaints over how it
| covered the launch of Microsoft Vista earlier this week.
| In one cringingly servile interview worthy of Uriah Heep, the
| Beeb's news presenter Hugh Edwards even thanked Gates at the
| end of it, presumably in appreciation at being allowed to give
| the Vole vast coverage for free.
| In other TV news items presenters excitedly explained how Vistac
| ould be obtained and installed - details courtesy of the BBC's
| website.
| But British viewers, currently forced to pay a £131.50 licence
| fee to maintain the BBC's "impartiality", were less than impressed.
| Scores got in touch to complain that so much was Auntie up Bill's
| bum that you could barely see her corset.



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