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Submission + - BBC pulls plug on community (theregister.co.uk) 1

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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