The Open Rights Group : Blog Archive » BBC U-turn: Full iPlayer service may never be available to Mac and Linux Users

The Open Rights Group : Blog Archive » BBC U-turn: Full iPlayer service may never be available to Mac and Linux Users:

“Well, not really. Although they will now be given online access to content their licence fee has helped pay for, there are still fundamental inequities between users on different platforms, and this still leaves the BBC deforming the market in favour of Microsoft DRM and Windows. People on Macs, Linux, PDAs and other handheld devices are still losing out on all the features that make the downloadable iPlayer different from, say, the kind of streaming that the BBC has done for years with the RadioPlayer.”

Can someone explain to me what these “features that make the downloadable player different from the kind of streaming that the BBC has done for years” are?

Fact: As yet, we have no idea what features which the Flash-based catch up service will support. It could support every feature that the download service supports. So how can ORG categorically say that we’ll be missing out?

  • http://jonathan.rawle.org/ Jonathan

    Features that make iPlayer difference from streaming? How about being able to download programmes to your laptop to watch on a train where you won’t have an internet connection?

  • http://profile.typekey.com/ianbetteridge/ Ian Betteridge

    But can you actually do that with iPlayer? Doesn’t it make a license request every time you open the file – which means having a net connection?