The BBC, our beloved public service broadcaster, has been leading the pack in terms of web content for years. It has been offering a free “Listen again” service over the web for all its radio output for some time now, and everyone’s been wondering when it would do the same for TV.
That time has now come. The BBC Trust today gave a green light to the initial plans for BBC iPlayer, opening a consultation period during which those with an opinion are asked to offer their views. They can do so by downloading the proposals document and answering a questionnaire - both of which can be found at the Trust web site. Responses have to be in by March 28.
The important part of the document, as far as British Mac users are concerned, is on the second-to-last page:
The seven-day catch-up over the internet proposal requires users to have a up-to-date Microsoft operating system for full functionality. Review the provision of this service on a platform-agnostic basis (or across major platforms) within a reasonable timeframe and subject to value for money considerations and as technology allows.
The BBC Trust clearly expected this requirement to be a potential problem, because it is directly addressed by Question 5 of the questionnaire:
How important is it that the proposed seven-day catch-up service over the internet is available to consumers who are not using Microsoft software?
UK-based Mac (and other non=Microsoft OS) users with an opinion on this (and I’d imagine there will be a few of them) are advised to download the document, have a good read through, and voice their opinions.