BBC slated for adopting a M$ stance

February 7, 2007

News today that the BBC has been slated by the Open Source Consortium for it’s plans to make it’s on demand service work only for users of PC’s with Windows (in other words Microsoft). The OSC believes this is anti-competitive, and would be in breach of the broadcaster’s charter by using public funds to develop and promote the service.

I totally agree with the OSC. No doubt the BBC will expect anyone watching their on-demand to have paid a license fee so why should some people be excluded? Quite why they can’t just develop the software to work on all platforms is beyond me, it’s so easy these days to make apps platform independent, seems really narrow minded to exclude a group of users so large as Linux/Mac owners.

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