has confused gets grumpy about the BBC using DRM for it's iMP pilot, one of the two recently-announced BBC 'download TV' trials. The /. poster he quotes with such ranty-relish has conflated the BBC's Creative Archive pilot (announced last summer) with the equally thoroughly announced BBC Interactive Media Player (aka the iMP) pilot.
It wouldn't surprise me if both pilots shared similar distribution insfrastructures - possibly P2P which would make sense.
I really can't understand how Matt has confused these two pilots. I mean, if Web User magazine can differentiate between them... [Update: reading it again, it's clear that he hasn't confused them - he's just grumpy about DRM in general]
I can't see how the BBC could be seen to be in a position to make all of its current TV material available for free download. It simply doesn't own the rights, right now.
That might change in the future, but it'll only change when rights holders (tv production companies, presenters, musicians, etc etc - dozens of rights holder even for a 30min sciene doc) see the benefits of a creative commons approach, whilst understanding that the demand is there to download TV shows over the net.
Posted by tomski at February 26, 2004 07:34 PM
As I'm fond of saying, you can either get stuck in and try to change things, or sit by and wail at the moon.
[that was an unfair & grumpy late night rant - matt did work his arse off to change things...]