[ubuntu-uk] Click downloaded Ubuntu

Tim Dobson lists at tdobson.net
Mon May 4 00:19:18 BST 2009

It's naive to think that the .mov file extension refers to it being in a 
nonfree video format.

Actually the reason get_iplayer can get the video is because the iphone 
(possibly one of the most drm'd devices in the world) couldnt support 
Windows media DRM so they made it h.264 codec video.

You can find out more about this part of BBC iplayer here: 

You can find out about licencing issues of the h.264 codec here:

Just to reiterate, the decoding implementation for GNU/Linux the H.264 
codec, which is used in the .mov files is freely licenced.

There may be patent implications with regards to the format in the UK, 
but at this moment, it's not very clear...


=== Own opinions only ===

Harry Rickards wrote:
> On 3 May 2009, at 21:35, Simos Xenitellis <simos.lists at googlemail.com>  
> wrote:
>> On Sun, May 3, 2009 at 9:22 PM, Harry Rickards  
>> <hrickards at l33tmyst.com> wrote:
>>> On 3 May 2009, at 21:18, David King <linuxman at avoura.com> wrote:
>>>> I was watching the BBC News 24 TV programme "Click" broadcast this
>>>> weekend. When they were testing a 100 Mbit/s broadband connection,
>>>> they
>>>> used it to download two copies of Ubuntu 9.04 simultaneously. A good
>>>> advert for Ubuntu.
>>> Just out of interest, how long did it take?
>> It showed only a short segment of the download, demonstrating that
>> the download speed was about 77Mbps. It appeared that the issue of  
>> choosing
>> the Ubuntu ISO had to do with the availability of a fast distribution
>> server, so one can
>> put together a simple benchmark. Still, this was good.
>> If you get 'get_iplayer' (http://linuxcentre.net/iplayer), then you
>> can download the episode
>> with
>> get_iplayer --get 128               (expires on the 10th May)
>> Simos
> What format does this download in, and will ffmpeg convert it to ogg  
> theora + vorbis okay (I assume it's some proprietary format with DRM  
> on)? I only ask as I refuse to watch non FLOSS codec video when I'm on  
> a device that can handle it.
> Many thanks
> Harry Rickards (a.k.a l33tmyst)

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