The BBC has launched a new version of the iPlayer which is now tied to Microsoft Windows. This means that you must be running a supported version of Windows in order to view certain online content.
Of course the Linux community and supporters of the OLPC are complaining about this, DRM this, Microsoft that, Bill Gates this, Bill Gates that. The truth is, all of this is just a whisper and will soon be forgotten or I hope it is anyway.
One of the complaints mentioned is and I quote “No chance then for the millions of the worlds poorest children who are about to receive the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) computer to be able to view BBC educational programming.” Well, first of all, they’ll be lucky to have a connection to the Internet and secondly, I think watching content on the BBC website won’t even in the top 100 concerns, in my opinion.
Besides, I’m not complaining, ~85% of the world runs Windows so not many people are going to be affected and the other 15% are going to complain, they’re going to whine but most of those are Mac and Linux users but I do not know one Mac or Linux user that doesn’t have their own PC running Windows and that reduces the numbers even further.
The point is a minority are affected by this and the solution is to go buy a cheap off the shelf desktop (or laptop) with Windows installed and magically, the problem is solved. Then there is the whole anti-DRM camp so you won’t be able to save a streaming video (or something I’m missing), so what, the BBC wants to protect their “free” online content, I can’t really blame them for that.
As with all systems, someone will find a way around it but I don’t care, I’ll happily view the BBC site using Microsoft© Windows Vista™, DRM overtones present, thank you very much I’m okay with that, not that I’ve had problems with DRM before. Oh right… all those open source players and OGG, can’t say I care about those either.