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[News] iPlayer for Free (Librated) Users Years Late and Broken

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BBC iPlayer Desktop - Auntie, Why Do You Tease Me So?

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| WHEN the BBC first launched its iPlayer software - on Microsoft platforms 
| only - I was among those who welcomed it, but felt the exclusion of Linux and 
| Mac users needed addressing urgently.  
| 'It's coming', said the BBC, 'just be patient'.
| [...]
| A quick reboot later (just in case), I launched the iPlayer Desktop and 
| selected the option to 'Click Here To Start Downloading From BBC iPlayer' - 
| and was taken to the iPlayer home page. Here, I selected an edition of 
| Panorama (not many programmes seemed to have the 'Download' option) and... 
| nothing happened.    
| No download, no error messages, nothing. Hmm, beta software - you gotta love 
| it, eh? So I found another programme and tried again - same result. 



Execs & Accounts UK and EU: WPP, Microsoft, BBC Worldwide

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| Chris Dobson, Microsoft's VP for its UK Online Service Group, is leaving the
| company. Dobson is believed to be joining BBC Worldwide in a senior role. He
| joined Microsoft in 2001 following positions at Zenith and MTV Networks.


BBC set to name Erik Huggers as Ashley Highfield's successor

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| The BBC is expected to confirm that former Microsoft executive Erik Huggers
| is to replace Ashley Highfield as the new BBC director of future media and
| technology as early as today.


BBC Opens Up - Or Does it?

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| But nice as this sounds, there still seems to be a disconnect between the
| BBC's announced ideals and their actions. As the very definition of open
| standards that the BBC itself linked to says, "Open Standards are free for
| all to implement, with no royalty or fee." The fact that both AAC and H.264
| are encumbered with patent licenses that make their distribution under free
| licenses problematic flies in the face of this definition.


Crimes Microsoft Gets Away With - So Far

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| News publications are cautious about making accusations, and because of that,
| some nasty acts of Microsoft are essentially being erased from the record.
| [...]
| Microsoft convinced Baystar Capital to put $50 Million dollars into SCO's
| lawsuit against IBM and other Open Source users, and promised to "backstop"
| Baystar's investment if SCO lost money, according to this sworn testimony.
| But I'm told that one person's testimony, even sworn testimony, isn't proof.



BBC iPlayer protest report

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| First on site with me is Tom Chance, Green Party spokesperson on Free
| Software. He has organized for Dr Derek Wall, lead spokesperson for the Green
| Party to join us and make some statements about BBC iPlayer and the Microsoft
| lock-in it establishes.  
| [...]
| We have 1500 fliers to distribute, that focus on the key issue with the
| iPlayer, and why $130 Million and 4 years of development don't get you much
|                  ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| when you choose Microsoft DRM.  


BBC Director General grilled by MPs on iPlayer

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| During the meeting there is discussion of iPlayer’s total cost to the licence
| fee-payer - the BBC representatives are unable to give a figure, but start
| the bidding at £20m, excluding staff costs. Thomson gives incorrect
| information - that Mac and Linux versions of iPlayer have the same
| functionality as Windows versions - and has to change his evidence at the
| end. Perhaps it was this confusion that prompted Dr John Pugh MP to follow up
| the encounter with a letter direct to Mark Thomson today discussing platform
| neutrality in greater detail. A copy of this letter has been passed to the
| Open Rights Group.        


BBC website £36m 'overspend'

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| THE BBC went almost £36 million over the intended budget for bbc.co.uk in the
| past year, it was disclosed today.


The BBC Has Drunk its Brain

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| Good to see the BBC with its finger on the pulse of computing, bravely
| serving up the facts without fear or favour here:
|     Microsoft's next operating system (OS) will come with multi-touch
|     features as an alternative to the mouse.
| Rather like the Hewlett-Packard touchscreen system I used back in the 1980s.
| [...]
| Is this a similar statement to 2003's "Bill Gates said that Longhorn will
| have a unified storage system called WinFS." found at
| http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3220017.stm


Has the BBC Duped Us over iPlayer?

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| I wonder how that complaint about the BBC providing state aid to Microsoft is
| coming along....


Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| If I ask you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?  
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.


BBC pinches hot new columnist from Microsoft


Beeb slammed for 'fawning' to Bill Gates

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| BBC viewers have flooded the corporation with complaints over how it
| covered the launch of Microsoft Vista earlier this week.
| In one cringingly servile interview worthy of Uriah Heep, the
| Beeb's news presenter Hugh Edwards even thanked Gates at the
| end of it, presumably in appreciation at being allowed to give
| the Vole vast coverage for free.
| In other TV news items presenters excitedly explained how Vistac
| ould be obtained and installed - details courtesy of the BBC's
| website.
| But British viewers, currently forced to pay a £131.50 licence
| fee to maintain the BBC's "impartiality", were less than impressed.
| Scores got in touch to complain that so much was Auntie up Bill's
| bum that you could barely see her corset.


BBC iPlayer Protests

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| Who are the people responsible for creating this mess?
|     * Mark Thompson, BBC director general (DG)
|     * Erik Huggers, group controller at BBC Future Media & Technology
|     * Ashley Highfield, director of new media and technology
| Right now, there is very considerable concern within the BBC that the actions
| of the Director General and his team are sending the corporation in the wrong
| direction. The BBC has been embroiled in a number of recent controversies,
| all linked back to the DG's leadership.  


Leaked Ofcom blueprint bashes Beeb

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| OFCOM SECRETS have again slipped out, as latest report suggests that the poor
| old BBC may have to ‘donate’ some of its licence fee to other channels.
| This leaked information suggests the BBC’s ‘excess’ licence money will be
| given, yes given, to other broadcasters for public service by 2012.


Remoulding Microsoft for the web

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| Yesterday two of Microsoft's leading executives, Jean Philippe Courtois, head
| of all Microsoft outside North America, and Gordon Frazer, head of Microsoft
| UK visited BBC News' Business Unit, as part of a series of lunchtime talks we
| arrange with leading businesses.

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