19 thoughts on “iPlayer for Mac Coming This Month”

  1. The iPlayer also has a Wii version that is optimized for the Wii remote I always thought the Joost Client UI would be perfect with the Wii and HULU should also make a Wii compatible version .


    Game consoles especialy the Wii with its large install base are going to be the next step in online video while we are all waiting for IP ready TVs to be ubiquitous .


  2. Actually, the scrapped BBC Play was very good. I don’t know what the problems were and why it was replaced, but it was a shame that all those years in development were wasted.

    Also, pedantic coot corner to an otherwise great article: you don’t have to download iPlayer software to watch shows, which is a great incentive to watching it. I can listen to Radio 1 shows at work without downloading software that the IT department probably wouldn’t be too happy about. (And iPlayer is only available in the UK, not the British Isles.)

  3. Hi Om –

    Any idea what DRM they are using, if any? If these guys have a winning product, perhaps they could license it to distribute premium content in the US. But maybe not – many of the content owners here are also the distributors. Its a big monopoly.

    Secondly, streaming is expensive. Are customers actually paying extra for this service or is it like Netflix where it’s part of the package? Please shed some light on the economics of this “success.”


  4. @geraldz

    “Customers” don’t pay anything extra for iPlayer as it is funded by the UK television ‘license fee’, a kind of yearly tax for owning a television (or radio) that is used to fund the BBC, our public broadcaster. So the bandwidth costs at their end come out of the license fee, though ISPs are complaining that the BBC should also give them some cash for their part in delivering iPlayer content into people’s houses. Which seems stupid. They could easily make the same argument regarding YouTube or any bandwidth intensive video or other web service.

  5. It seems that many using a flash player and streaming H.264 are not using any DRM on the actual videos but they are doing things like expiring URLs ,Digital Fingerprinting the files and limiting the Bittrate so the video has to be downloaded in real time but in many cases the source URL can be found using debug tools like Firebug the firefox Extentsion .

    In the BBCs case where they are making the video available to anyone in the UK on almost any device no one really needs to try and download the content without permission because they can access it easily on many devices.

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