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BBC Trust Launches IPTV Review


BBC Trust Launches IPTV Review

Following on from previous talk about the potential for the BBC to share the iPlayer's technology, the BBC Trust has launched a public consultation on the BBC's "proposal to develop a joint venture partnership to help enable the delivery of internet protocol television (IPTV)."

The proposal, if approved, would see the BBC forming a set of standards regarding the distribution of BBC, and other public-service broadcasters' products, over the internet. Devices meeting these standards would provide both internet and the more traditional broadcast methods of satellite and aerial. In simple terms: Freesat, Freeview and iPlayer all in one device. The intention would also be for devices to offer PVR functionality.

It isn't just BBC content that would be accessible, though. The proposed set-top box standards could also facilitate the distribution of other broadcasters' programmes, or even media and information from government organisations such as the NHS, or DirectGov.

The BBC hopes to have devices on sale in 2010, in the £100-200 price bracket and reckons its contribution to the development of these IPTV set-top boxes will cost in the region of £6 million over the next five years. Good value for money? We'll have to trust in the judgement of the Trust on that.


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March 2, 2009, 6:19 pm

Guess this is the last chance for the beeb to fight against Google and their YouTube.


March 2, 2009, 6:43 pm

Hopefully they're not planning on using the P2P technology that they use for the current iPlayer download.


March 2, 2009, 7:26 pm

"We'll have to trust in the judgement of the Trust on that."

You NUTS Hugo? Trust these quango gravy train passengers? Aah, you are trying to be funny like Gordon ;-)!

The BBC Trusts' judgement is non-existent. The viewer has waited aeons for big beautiful flatscreens with 1080x1920 and what are their doing wasting time and our money on providing content/means for small screen viewing, etc, etc!!! What a bunch *@*?****&%$&#163!!!!!!

Rupert's lot have been reading TR again and they got (nobbled?) their TV reviewer to "We&#8217ve tried to restrict this list to freeview where possible but some shows are so good they had to be included no matter what." Try spotting them among the 50 listed - See The Times online: "The 50 best shows on TV" for spring here: http://entertainment.timeso...


March 2, 2009, 10:51 pm


The streaming technology behind iPlayer isn't P2P, only when you download them to your PC. And I can't see any reason why you wouldn't want P2P as it is superior to simply downloading directly from the site in pretty much every way but outright speed (which P2P can match most of the time and isn't affected by 1 server going down/getting busy), and I think it's other advantages make up for that.


March 3, 2009, 10:00 pm

@Gnormie - don't get me started...

"The streaming technology behind iPlayer isn't P2P" -> as I said "The current iPlayer Download"

So, apart from robustness, what other advantages does P2P give me? I'll tell you what it's downsides are (apart from the rubbish implementation that blue-screens my box). For those who are not on unlimited bandwidth, why should I be charged to serve up content for other people? Why should the BBC not provide suitable infrastructure to do the job properly - considering how much of their content I actually consume compared to the license fee I pay, I reckon I'm getting a poor deal at the moment. Oh and maybe speed in commercial P2P systems is comparable, but have you ever tried downloading from iPlayer...


March 3, 2009, 10:47 pm


Sorry not reading properly on my part for the first part. Although the idea that you're serving up content for others is a little moot, as you download the size of the file and upload anything from 1/10 to 5 times the size of that file depending on the sharer you are. And considering how expensive the infrastructure is for direct downloads, P2P is a very good solution especially if they haven't got much leeway on top of the streaming they do. And I have tried downloading for the iPlayer, it quite limited considering that for most of the programs I watch there are maybe 5 others downloading, but for the more popular shows at peak times there are usually a few hundred making for speedy transfers.

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