NBC will not play video for linux!! Time for a lettering?

Art Alexion art.alexion at verizon.net
Mon Aug 11 15:27:34 UTC 2008

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On Monday 11 August 2008 8:38:56 am Derek Broughton wrote:
> > I agree, but I think the chinese are controlling that by requiring
> > Silverlight to be used as the transport, which has all sorts of drm
> > restrictions they can control.  
> I don't think it's got anything to do with the Chinese.

As usual, follow the money, and primarily blame the IOC.  The IOC 
sells "exclusive" broadcast rights by country or region.  In order to keep it 
exclusive in the age of streaming web broadcasting, they require their 
licensees to block IPs by region.  That way, ABC retains exclusivity in the 
US, the BBC in the UK, etc.

It is in the interest of the Chinese to spread their moment of glory as widely 
as possible.

That's the explanation for the IP blocking.  The silverfish thing just has to 
do with "groovy effects and overlays" and other unnecessary garbage that MS 
sold to NBC without regard to cross-platform compatibility.  It is not likely 
an evil plot by NBC so much as the usual misconceptions from Windows users 
that everyone else is a Windows user as well.  Remember this doesn't run on 
Motorola Macs, Wiun2k, XP older than SP2 either.

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