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Brunellus
September 28th, 2006, 06:59 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/28/AR2006092800532.html

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BBC teams up with Microsoft for digital future

By Kate Holton
Reuters
Thursday, September 28, 2006; 9:09 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC.UL) is teaming up with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT.O) to help develop the next generation of Internet services for the world's biggest public broadcaster.

BBC chief Mark Thompson met Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates in Seattle on Wednesday to sign the non-exclusive memorandum of understanding and discuss the BBC's digital strategy.

The companies said on Thursday they would examine plans for the BBC's vast online archive, ways to share its programming and a re-invented BBC Web site in the form of Web 2.0 -- the second generation of Internet-based services.

"Microsoft's strength is in driving digital innovation and our vision is to open up rich, new consumer experiences that allow people to enjoy digital content anytime, anywhere and on any device," Gates said.

"This vision fits squarely with the BBC's charter to lead the industry in delivering content that is compelling and accessible."

Thompson said the BBC needed to link up with leading technology companies to put it in a strong position to embrace the creative challenges of the digital future.

"We are currently witnessing unprecedented rates of change in technology and audience expectations," he said.

A spokeswoman for the BBC said Thompson and the BBC's director of new media and technology, Ashley Highfield, were in the United States to meet several other technology companies.

Highfield said the BBC needed to work with as many companies as possible in this sector to ensure its programs and content are enjoyed by the widest possible audience.

The statement said any actual procurements of new technology or a launch of new services by the public broadcaster would be subject to the usual regulatory approval.

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Comment: Kiss the BBC's free and open-source advocacy good-bye along with their open-source codec development and any hope of getting BBC content in a free/open-source codec.

This is a major defeat.

DoctorMO
September 28th, 2006, 07:22 PM
your only defeated when you loose your life; this is just the begining of the battle to save online media from the clutches of the evil empire! :twisted:

I'll be one of those people getting in touch with the BBC and my local MP and various other people to try and lean on them in a way which makes open codecs and open formats very important.

AndyCooll
September 28th, 2006, 07:25 PM
Hmmm ...:rolleyes:

bastiegast
September 28th, 2006, 07:43 PM
"Microsoft's strength is in driving digital innovation and our vision is to open up rich, new consumer experiences that allow people to enjoy digital content anytime, anywhere and on any device," Gates said.

"This vision fits squarely with the BBC's charter to lead the industry in delivering content that is compelling and accessible."
Wonder if linux falls under "any device", otherwise it would be like: anytime, anywhere and on any device, oh and by the way, you have to pay 100+ dollar for a windows licence.](*,)

bruce89
September 28th, 2006, 07:49 PM
Bye bye Dirac!

Tomosaur
September 28th, 2006, 07:51 PM
I emailed the BBC a while back expressing my concerns about, mostly, DRM. Despite me repeatedly stating that I was concerned about the BBCs web content, here's their reply:




Dear Mr H

Thank you for your e-mail.

Having checked, I can assure you that the BBC has no plans for DRM use on domestic radio at present, nevertheless, I appreciate that you have strong feelings with regard to this matter, and we do find that our listeners' opinions offer an invaluable source of feedback for us. Your views have therefore been registered and made available to BBC management.

Styles and policies are continually being assessed and changed based on feedback from the general public, and comments such as your own form a vital part of the monitoring process we constantly undertake.

Thank you again for taking the time to outline your concerns to us.

Regards

Dermot Lynn
BBC Information

bruce89
September 28th, 2006, 07:53 PM
I emailed the BBC a while back expressing my concerns about, mostly, DRM. Despite me repeatedly stating that I was concerned about the BBCs web content, here's their reply:

I am not really concerned about DRM in this case, I would be concerned if this meant that the content is now viewable on my OS of choice.

Brunellus
September 28th, 2006, 07:55 PM
I am not really concerned about DRM in this case, I would be concerned if this meant that the content is now viewable on my OS of choice.
correct.

Victory for the boys in blue.

henriquemaia
September 28th, 2006, 07:58 PM
your only defeated when you loose your life[...]

I'll be one of those people getting in touch with the BBC and my local MP and various other people to try and lean on them in a way which makes open codecs and open formats very important.

First of all, this is really a very inspiring thought. Secondly, you're right in making what you can to change things. That's a wonderful spirit.

Tomosaur
September 28th, 2006, 08:00 PM
I am not really concerned about DRM in this case, I would be concerned if this meant that the content is now viewable on my OS of choice.

You're not skeptical that Microsoft's conditions entail microsoft (ie, Windows) formats, hence DRM?

bruce89
September 28th, 2006, 08:40 PM
You're not skeptical that Microsoft's conditions entail microsoft (ie, Windows) formats, hence DRM?

Yes I am, but I hope this doesn't happen. Anyway, the BBC are developing the Dirac video (http://dirac.sourceforge.net/) codec. (MPL)