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[News] [Rival] MSBBC Goes Back to Convicted Monopolist Microsoft, Netflix Spreads Its DRM (Also Ex-Microsoft Staff Intersections)

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] MSBBC Goes Back to Convicted Monopolist Microsoft, Netflix Spreads Its DRM (Also Ex-Microsoft Staff Intersections)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 02 Jun 2010 06:09:56 +0100
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BBC And Microsoft Team Up For A New Video On-Demand Service: iPlayer

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| The BBC has announced that it has struck a 
| deal with Microsoft and has launched the 
| beta version of a new video on demand 
| service: iPlayer.


Netflix Spreads DRM Evil With Microsoft

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| Netflix has selected Microsoft PlayReady 
| technology and the Protected Interoperable 
| File Format (PIFF) for use in new Netflix 
| ready devices and applications.  


Netflix chooses Microsoft PlayReady and PIFF format


Netflix goes with Microsoft PlayReady DRM for upcoming streaming devices


Netflix standardizes on PlayReady


Netflix Selects New Microsoft DRM


Netflix Rides Stream to Microsoft


Netflix Falls Despite Microsoft Tie-Up for Internet Viewing


Netflix Taps Microsoft PlayReady as Its Primary DRM Technology for Netflix Ready Devices and Applications



Official Statement Objecting BBC/OFCOM Proposal

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| The Linux Foundation, on behalf of its
| members, would like to register its
| serious objections to the current
| BBC/OFCOM proposal, which would impose
| content management controls on new free-
| to-air high definition channels. The plan,
| which involves restrictively licensing the
| Huffman codes used in the electronic
| programme guide, would have a negative
| effect on open source applications and
| would distort the markets which have built
| up around those applications.
| The treatment of Open Source in the BBC
| document is incorrect and ignores the
| severe market distortions that this
| content management scheme would produce in
| open platforms. The use of Open Source
| within the market segments that would be
| affected by the BBC proposal can be
| divided into two business models:
| Proprietary but built on Open Source and
| fully open platforms. The HD Freesat
| system the BBC used to characterise Open
| Source falls into the Proprietary but open
| category; no analysis at all was attempted
| of the fully open category. The failure to
| look at fully open platforms leads to an
| important segment of the market being
| ignored.


An Open Letter to Ofcom on the BBC HD DRM Proposals

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| ...teach and conduct research at the Open
| University, which since its inception has
| used broadcast and multimedia technologies
| in education, we are writing to express
| our objections to the proposal to allow
| the BBC to add a Digital Rights Management
| (DRM) flag to its high definition (HD)
| output.


Last Chance to Save BBC from DRM

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| This leading question (and they are all
| phrased thus) pretty much indicates that
| Ofcom has made up its mind about the
| issue, and is simply going through the
| motions of consultation. Note, too, the
| euphemism âcopy managementâ, when what we
| are talking about here is DRM, plain and
| simple: even Ofcom is aware that trying to
| espouse the benefits of DRM is a lost
| cause.


How do you want to watch HD TV in the future? It's time to tell Ofcom

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| If you run open source capture/viewing
| software, such as MythTV, things get a
| little trickier. The developers of MythTV
| can't sign an agreement with the BBC in
| order to obtain the decoding tables,
| because part of the terms of the agreement
| are that the decoding tables aren't given
| out to anybody else. This is fundamentally
| opposed to the open source nature of the
| project, so simply won't happen.


DRMs in the draft Copyright Amendments

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| India has been under a lot of pressure
| from the US, due to the Special 301 report
| which US puts out annually, to amend and
| enforce its copyright laws to a standard
| closer to what the US would want; usually
| standards which the US has succeeded in
| pushing through in WIPO treaties.
| Therefore, essentially, it is the same
| lobby which pushes for stricter laws in US
| as it is in India. (Incidentally, I
| recently wrote a post on Hollywood tying
| up with Bollywood to check piracy in
| India). To further add to this, even as
| their effect in US has come under severe
| criticism; for them to be the lobbying
| party in India without due regard for the
| local context, economy and culture seems
| absurd. For a developing country like
| India, which even other developing
| countries look up to, it is important to
| get their copyright law correct, since the
| alternative is that instead of
| incentivizing and aiding creation and
| creative works, it is creating unnecessary
| barriers to access to creative works
| (especially considering that there is a
| big emphasis in Indian culture to adapt
| and improvise on works already in the
| public domain).


BBC Activates DRM For Its iPlayer Content

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| "The BBC has quietly added DRM to its
| iPlayer content. This breaks support for
| things like the XBMC plugin as well as
| other non-approved third-party players. The
| get-iplayer download page has a good
| summary of what happened, including links
| to The Reg articles and the BBC's response
| to users' complaints."


Stop BBC âDigital Rights Managementâ from disabling your HD TV

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| The BBC want an offshore consortium of
| entertainment companies called the "Digital
| Transmission Licensing Administrator" to
| decide how your high definition TV and
| video can work.
| The American courts rejected these
| draconian restrictions, so the DTLA has
| chosen to pick on British TV viewers
| instead.


OSI Opposes Barriers To Open Source Software For Television

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| The Open Source Initiative Board has added
| OSI to the list of organizations asking
| that the BBC not be allowed to add digital
| restriction measures to digital broadcasts
| in the United Kingdom. The BBC's request to
| do so is being reviewed by the UK
| regulator, OfCOM, and OSI is supporting the
| position statement from the UK's Open
| Rights Group and encouraging others to do
| likewise.


EA's Own Employees Annoyed At Pointless DRM Solutions

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| However, now it appears that it's even
| pissing off EA employees. Slashdot points
| out that the editor of EA.com got really
| frustrated over the game kicking him out
| because his DSL was flakey:
|     "Booted twice -- and progress lost --
|     on my single-player C&C4 game because
|     my DSL connection blinked. DRM fail. We
|     need new solutions."


Valve dishes DRM dirt

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| We reported last week that Ubisoft's latest
| anti-piracy measures caused a barrage of
| complaints. It was revealed that the system
| forced gamers to login via the publisher's
| website in order to play and required users
| to have a constant Internet connection.
| On behalf of Valve and 99.9 per cent of the
| gaming industry, Newell said he thought
| that DRM, in its current form, is
| restrictive and a damaging customer
| experience.

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