Saturday, September 12, 2009

iPlayer On The Canvas

Now, I know they're meant to be subtly different, but the logic of opening out the BBC's iPlayer technology has always seemed to make more sense to me than conceiving new initiatives like Kangaroo and Canvas.

After a shady start (thanks to the an emphasis on downloads and P2P), the BBC's iPlayer technology is by now peerless and, frankly, makes Sky and ITV look technologically naive.

So, the BBC's Eric Huggers's comments at IBC about 'Open iPlayer' make a lot of sense and sees the BBC finally behaving like the public service entity that it is, not a corporate monopolist that it tends towards.

I hope that both the BBC Trust and OFCOM will encourage this before American entities like Hulu come to own what's left of British TV as it rapidly moves online.