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

Adam Hartling adam.hartling.ns at gmail.com
Mon Mar 1 11:09:51 AST 2010

CBC is alot like this too. Alot of their site media can't be viewed with
Linux, such as DOC ZONE videos. They even say in the FAQ that Linux is not

George N. White III wrote:
> 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>
> <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/02/24/iplayer_xbmc_adobe_swf_verification/>
> 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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