prevent the BBC from making its iPlayer on-demand television service available to Windows users only, and instruct the corporation to provide its service for other operating systems also.
If only it were that easy. While the BBC is funded by public subscription, it is no more under the Prime Minister’s control than any of the commercial TV stations in the UK. Indeed, it has a history of winding governments and Prime Ministers up the wrong way, and there’s not a great deal they can do about it.
The cause is a worthy one, and any attempt to tie up content in MS-favourable DRM would probably be met with outcry. But this petition isn’t the way to deal with it.
So my advice to British Mac users with an opinion on this is not to sign the petition at pm.gov.uk, but rather to read, and respond to, the BBC’s own consultation document. Comments made there will have far more impact.