BBC to Address iPlayer Platform Neutrality with Open Source Consortium

Lora Bentley

When the BBC's on-demand television service, called iPlayer, was approved a few months ago, the BBC Trust made clear that developers should work toward making the service "platform agnostic" or "universal." Apparently in a step toward that goal, BBC Trust representatives have agreed to meet with Open Source Consortium members to discuss their concerns.


The issue first arose, according to BBC News, during broadcast regulator Ofcom's Public Impact Assessment of iPlayer. OSC filed complaints with the BBC Trust, the former Department of Industry and Trade and with Ofcom. The consortium argued that the service -- which currently works only with Windows XP -- would force people to use Microsoft products and give the software giant an "unfair competitive advantage."


The BBC Trust will reportedly review iPlayer developers' progress toward "platform neutrality" every six months until such neutrality is reached.

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