Yep, in case you didn't know, BBC now stands for WTF?
"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." - Link (via)
No freaking kidding. I wonder how long this will last.
Posted: July 28, 2007 11:31 AM
The BBC is funded by a licence fee that anyone in the UK who has a TV must pay. If there was no DRM on these video files they would be distributed everywhere, which is not fair on those who pay the fee. Furthermore it would reduce overseas sales of DVDs and BBC shows to foreign broadcasters, both of which help to keep down the licence fee for those who pay it.
I'm sure if there was a suitable opensource rights system the BBC might use it. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think there is.
So what exactly are you complaining about? Because you can't take for free the content that we all pay for in the UK?
How long will it last. Quite a while I should think. I understand 100,000 people have already signed up and Channel 4 has been running a very similar service for about a year.