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

Jason Liquorish jason at dropshock.com
Wed Apr 9 21:16:47 BST 2008

On Wed, 2008-04-09 at 20:38 +0100, Rob Beard wrote:
> Jake Bunce wrote:
> > Maybe someone should make the BBC aware of their Purpose and Values 
> > statement. As per http://www.bbc.co.uk/info/purpose/
> > 
> > 
> >       Public purposes
> > 
> > The BBC is a unique institution, owned by the British people and 
> > independent of political and commercial interests.
> > 
> > 
> > By only allowing users of a certian operating system, which has to be 
> > paid for, does that not constitute as a "commercial interest"?
> > 
> > 
> I guess you could say that.  If the beeb made the video available in a 
> standard format, say MP4 (due to the fairly good quality and small file 
> size), or even better using their own video codec then I'm sure it would 
>   not be in any commercial interest especially as a whole load of 
> devices (PCs, Macs, Linux machines, mobile devices, even the Nintendo DS 
> with the right hardware) can play MP4 video.
> If they can make it free to air over the airwaves and also on satellite 
> when why not to residents in the UK.
> Rob

It is just like the music industry, music is easily copied/recorded from
radio/tape/vinyl/CDs just the same as TV programs are easily
copied/recorded from TV/VHS. Yet as soon as a song, album, TV program or
series gets anywhere near the Internet it has to be protected from
people copying it or transferring it to other media, or even restricted
to how long or how many times it can be watched or listened to.

Content creators and publishers are overly paranoid about what
technology is going to do to their profits and sales, and I do not feel
that is going to change any time soon.

Also note the BBC have agreements with third parties about protecting
the content they publish so it is not necessarily the beeb who are
pushing the DRM.

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