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BBC pulls plug on community

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 4 years ago

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An anonymous reader writes "The register has a perfect summary article on a recent move by the BBC which blocks "Unauthorised", including free open source applications from accessing streams from the BBC I-Player service.

The BBC has quietly updated its hugely popular iPlayer with a verification layer that closes the door on open source implementations of RTMP (real-time messaging protocol) streaming, The Register has learned.

To me, this is utterly baffling. SWF verification makes absolutely no difference to tools designed to cirvumvent the BBC's copy protection methods (get_iplayer works fine). All it has done is alienated the creators of some very slick iplayer apps. Needless to say im withdrawing my TV license :)"
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They announced this ages ago (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31260046)

They announced that RTMP support was being withdrawn ages ago. When they did that I switched from homebrew scripts to get_iplayer, which (as noted) works fine. The story is really "data no longer available in format X (which was widely despised, but accessible) but is now available in format Y (which is less despised, much more widely accepted and still accessible".

It's a bit of a non-story - and the El Reg article and commentards there don't yet make it clear that nothing is actually being lost here.

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