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  • Message 1. Posted by Mike Laverick (U14705326) on Sunday, 15th May 2011permalink

    I have two main suggestions for improving support for Apple products and iPlayer. Firstly, I would like to see an AppleTV button add to both the desktop & iPAD versions of the application. The BBC New Live application for both the iPhone & iPAD has this feature, but the BBC iPlayer doesn't. I think it would be a relatively easy feature to port over.

    Secondly, haven't bought a 64GB iPAD with the view to using it as media tablet, I'm somewhat limited by the inability to download and view shows offline. I understand there are DRM limitations that prevent this. I feel that without this functionality folks maybe tempted to download content illegal from other sources.

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  • Message 2. Posted by matt (U8621220) on Sunday, 15th May 2011permalink

    Hi Mike,
    Yes the issue with downloads is DRM.

    Apple will not license their DRM system to the BBC which means that the BBC would not be able to protect and as a result cannot offer downloads.

    The copyright holders for programmes will not allow the BBC to make content available unless it is protected so at the moment there isn't really anything that the BBC can do.

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  • Message 3. Posted by Eponymous Cowherd (U13748135) on Monday, 16th May 2011permalink

    ***"The copyright holders for programmes will not allow the BBC to make content available unless it is protected so at the moment there isn't really anything that the BBC can do."***

    It never ceases to amaze me how completely barking mad this attitude is. The "copyright holders" programmes are broadcast in the clear (unencrypted and unprotected), and often in HD and are recorded by thousands (probably tens of thousands) of people, a number of whom redistribute it online for anyone to download.

    As the OP suggests, this short sighted attitude does nothing to prevent "piracy" and actually actively encourages people to use "unofficial" sources for BBC content.

    Surely there must be *some* rights holders who see how absurd this attitude is and are willing to allow their content to be distributed as low quality (e.g 240p) unencrypted, non-drm downloads for mobile use? This would allow licence payers to view the content they have paid for in the way they want and, if the delivery mechanism is seamless, discourage them from downloading full resolution "pirate" copies. Surely this is better for both the rights holders *and* licence payers?

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