back to article Microsoft bod scoots over to BBC iPlayer job

The cross-pollination of Microsoft and the BBC's iPlayer continued yesterday, with Auntie confirming it had hired Redmond's IPTV platform Mediaroom and Zune wonk. Daniel Danker has taken on the role of general manager for programmes and on-demand telly at the Beeb, which means he will have responsibility for the iPlayer. He …

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New iPlayer

I imagine I will get used to it, but I much preferred the former iPlayer front page layout, I think it provided a lot more choice in programming in a quicker to digest way than the new page.

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Now (un)-improved i-Player

What a mess. Defaults to radio programs, takes about 5 pages to navigate to a given category, they need to get a new UI specialist.

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Rats are the ...

to jump a sinking ship.

SS Microsoft?

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Wow, an expert?

Beeb hires expert that helped Mediaroom and Zune become the widespread success we see all over the web. Great stuff guyz!

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soon to be renamed the MSBBC

need I say more?

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Linux

I await the announcement...

That Iplayer is converting to silverlight and they are abandoning Linux support.

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About the same as their current linux support then...

There really isn't any linux support to abandon. Adobe's Flash Player is unable to do fullscreen video at a sensible frame rate on anything I've tried, and they've done their best to block other players that can use the hardware acceleration available. Luckily for me they haven't been entirely successful.

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flash linux support

Works for me, I download the content and then convert to MP4 and watch it on VLC player ..

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Xbox

Does this mean we will finally see a version for the xbox?

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I doubt it

There is nothing to stop iPlayer being on the XBox except Microsofts insistance that they put it under the paid Gold account. As this is license payer funded you are not allowed to pay for it so Microsoft cannot prejudice against license players who hold a silver account. It is only Microsoft stopping this going onto the XBox, not the BBC.

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doomed Project Kangaroo

It isn't unknown for Redmond to join something to subvert it from the inside.

“I’ve killed at least two Mac conferences. [...] by injecting Microsoft content into the conference, the conference got shut down. The guy who ran it said, why am I doing this?”

http://iowa.gotthefacts.org/010807/PLEX_2456.pdf

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