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Commercial iPlayer faces anti-trust shakedown
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| Project Kangaroo, the commercial on-demand web TV service being developed by
| BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4, will be investigated by the Competition
| Commission amid concern that it could stifle rival online efforts.
| When Project Kangaroo does eventually emerge it'll be run by the BBC's
| departing new media chief Ashley Highfield, reportedly under the
| monicker "SeeSaw". Don't expect it to surface until 2009.
BBC iPlayer protest report
| 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.
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