Related link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/imp/
As anticipated by BBC and Slashdot, and covered in the 9/21 WJS (page A15), the BBC will begin a three month trial of their Internet television system this month. They hope to then roll it out next year in the UK. Unlike their current Online Radio Service, their online television service will be available only in the UK.
Its DRM is provided by Microsoft, its geolocation is provided by Quova, and its P2P software was developed by Kontiki. The client software, iMP (integrated Media Player), appears to be a Windows-only program.
The BBC hopes its iMP software will become the iTunes of online television. However, the service currently promises to deactivate downloaded programs after seven days, making it more restrictive than a TiVo. Still, it’s a start.
Pioneering the field, the BBC could end up licensing their internet television technology overseas.
Part of the iMP trial? How’s it going?