The BBC's iPlayer, in development and testing for about five years, has been approved by the BBC Trust on condition that the player, now Windows-only, would eventually be rolled out for Apple and Linux platforms as well. The player uses technologies from VeriSign's Kontiki (as does Open Media Network in the U.S.), Ioko, and Microsoft. Screen Digest reports that the BBC has spent £132M on the project.
BBC Trust reaches Provisional Conclusions on BBC on-demand proposals. Link: BBC press release (Jan.).
BBC Trust approves BBC's on-demand proposals. Link: BBC press release (Apr.).
Robert Andrews, More On The BBC's iPlayer On-Demand; Storage Time Scaled Back. Link: paidContent.org.
Rafat Ali, BBC's Download Plans Get Approval From Trust; Restrictions On What BBC Can Do. Link: paidContent.org.
Robert Andrews, BBC To Unveil Plans For Massive Online Program Archive. Link: paidContent.org.
In the U.K., Channel 4 and ITV are also moving forward with on-demand plans. In the U.S., we're not just behind, we're getting lapped. --Dennis