[ubuntu-uk] The BBC Launches Wiiplayer??? WHAT!?

peter peter at petebox.com
Wed Apr 9 19:02:35 BST 2008

On Wed, 2008-04-09 at 18:52 +0100, Jmaes Edward Grabham wrote:
> Rob Beard wrote:
> > Kris Douglas wrote:
> >   
> >> There are a few drawbacks for the flash version though, like the
> >> requirement for flash, which is sometimes hard to fulfil.
> >>
> >>     
> >
> > Not on the Wii there isn't, Flash is included in the Opera browser. 
> > Although saying that it's not a great browser on the Wii, more of a 
> > novelty item.
> >
> > I only downloaded it because it was free when it first came out (now 
> > it's something like 500 Wii Points so about £3.50).
> >
> > I can certainly see why they've done it.  I just don't see why they 
> > can't provide an MP4 feed for Linux users, even if it's a binary 
> > application using an encrypted stream.  Surely it's got to be possible 
> > and easy enough to implement.
> >
> > Rob
> >
> >   
> To what ends though?
> The BBC is a socialist "corporation" - you HAVE to pay them BY LAW.  
> Therefore there's no profit increasing who gets thei I-services.  If you 
> had to pay, theyd be getting an extra however much per user, but as 
> you're paying anyway, why should they bother.  With no financial 
> incentives, they won't do anything.
> Socialism at its best.

Nonsense, by that logic we would still only have 1 bbc radio channel.
Also whilst the article says that for now only the flash video version
will work on the wii, the "news" is that IPlayer will be available as a
wii channel in the UK allowing both streaming and downloading content,
Of course were this will be stored on the hard disk less wii is another


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