p2pnet news | DRM:- “Billed as the biggest change in the way viewers watch television in 40 years, the BBC launched an online service on Friday that allows people to download many programmes from the last week.”
That maybe what Reuters says, but hundreds of thousands of people in Britain don’t agree.
“BBC Director General Mark Thompson (right) says the arrival of the ‘on-demand’ iPlayer is as important as the first colour broadcasts in the 1960s,” says the story.
“Viewers can choose from 400 hours of programmes, between 60 and 70 percent of the total TV output, including hit shows such as ‘EastEnders,’ ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Planet Earth’.”
However, not only does the service come complete with Microsoft DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) consumer control, it’s not free, as advertised by the BBC say protesters in a petition.
“All people in the UK with a device capable of receiving a broadcast television signal are required by the Broadcasting Act 1990 to purchase a Television Licence and anyone found to be receiving broadcasts without a licence are subject to a maximum fine of £1000 (GBP),” Alex Hanff pointed out last week.
Thats about $C2,137, $US2,049 or EUR1,484.
“Despite the fact that the new iPlayer service has been funded by these Television Licence Fees, the BBC have chosen to exclude 100s of thousands of TV Licence holders from using the iPlayer service by restricting it to the Microsoft Windows XP platform using Windows Media Player’s DRM system,” says Hanff.
More than 10,000 people signed a petition demanding the service to be made compatible with other operating systems.
The TV service launches today as a trial version on 27 July – but only the PCs with Windows XP, although an Apple Mac versions could be available in autumn, with versions for Windows Vista and mobile devices to follow, the BBC said.
No mention was made of Linux, or which kinds of DRM it’ll be using for these.
Meanwhile, is the service technically reliable and will be and whether it is late to a crowded market? – asks the BBC itself, pointing out for the trial, “a fixed number of people will be able to sign up, with the numbers increasing throughout the year”.
Would-be users can register today, “and will then be invited to join.,” it says, adding, “The number of users will increase over the summer, before a full launch in the autumn.”