Lego re-enactment required?
I rather think one is.
3 posts • joined 14 Sep 2007
"And in the real mass market, most licence-fee payers won't be enamoured to learn that the iPlayer's Kontiki P2P system is distributing programming on the BBC's behalf - via their bandwidth. For the average consumer it's been made tricky to turn off, too."
As tricky as un-ticking a box in the prefrences menu... True enough its not always been like that, but its not like it was added in yesterday. Maybe the author just has a really low opinion of the average consumers intelligence.
"Anyone prepared to wait for a download of their favourite programme to finish before they can watch it, expects it to last longer than 30 days"
Says who? The simple fact that people do currently use the iPlayer means that there *are* people who are prepared to wait for it to download programmes that expire in 30 days.
Besides, why would you want to store it for more than 30 days? Thats what DVDs are for - I'd say the iPlayer is more meant to replace taping off the TV so you dont miss stuff when you are out. And I dont know anyone who'd tape something then wait a month to watch it.
RE: Ah, Yes, But
"Am I being naive here, or did the patient license-paying public of the UK NOT *actually* already pay for that??????"
No, they paid for the rights for it to be shown on TV. Do you think you should be able to pick up a DVD of any BBC programme for free as well?
It always amazes me that people think the BBC added DRM just to annoy us. The people who own the programmes won't let the BBC put the programmes on the iplayer without DRM. Why is that so difficult to understand?
And - like it or not - they require the BBC to use DRM features that only microsoft can currently provide.
As for hiring a former program manager in Microsoft's *digital media* division to work in a team developing a program devoted to *digital media*... well, it clearly has nothing to do with having relevant experience, does it?
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