[nSLUG] BBC iPlayer (UK only) blocking open source flash players
George N. White III
gnwiii at gmail.com
Tue Mar 2 09:56:41 AST 2010
On Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 11:09 AM, Adam Hartling
<adam.hartling.ns at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
I'm not sure this is the same issue. BBC did support linux
initially, so I think the
underlying problem is that they want to block non-paying users (e.g.,
UK). Some of this may go back to content providers who sell a piece to BBC for
the UK market but also expect to sell it in other markets and are not
they find that BBC content is being viewed in Canada.
I suspect the CBC problem is more a question of resources -- it is easier to
"we don't support linux" than it is to handle the queries from people running
linux who have problems. Supporting linux means hiring support staff and
providing them with a test system that runs several major distros so they
can do troubleshooting.
> George N. White III wrote:
>> BBC activates iPlayer Flash verification - Locking out open source -
>> Update --
>> 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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