[nSLUG] BBC iPlayer (UK only) blocking open source flash players

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Sun Feb 28 08:49:42 AST 2010

BBC activates iPlayer Flash verification - Locking out open source -
Update -- <http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/BBC-activates-iPlayer-Flash-verification-Locking-out-open-source-Update-940515.html>


BBC had developed totem plugins for their iPlayer content.

The content in question is restricted to UK IP's, and UK residents pay
a BBC License fee, so the content in question is not readily
accessible outside the UK.   The BBC didn't give a reason for enabling
verification.  One guess is that they are concerned about content
being copied and made available to non-UK users.  By forcing people to
use Flash, they are blocking apps that might capture the content for
redistribution. Perhaps they have plans to get payment for content
from users outside the UK.  I'm not sure if any of the material is
currently available (for a fee) to non UK broadcasters.

There are also the general concerns with the potential for bad guys to
redistribute hacked versions of content that includes malware
payloads.    The better the content malware distributers can
get the more suckers they will attract.

Adobe has used DMCA to prevent US sites from distributing tools to
bypass the Flash security.

George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia

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