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Submission + - Will BBC Windows-only on-demand hurt Linux?

startling writes: The BBC has released its On-demand service that lets people watch TV shows after they have screened, but only on Windows. From the article: "Earlier this month BBC Future Media boss Ashley Highfield said the corporation was committed to rolling out the iPlayer on Windows PCs first of all, and then cable TV services, Apple Macs, and eventually Freeview boxes. But the BBC said it could not commit to a two-year deadline to achieve this goal, saying it was up to the third parties concerned."

So, no mention of Linux there. Would this stop many from considering a Linux-based PC? I can imagine the sales spiel: "Will you want to watch TV on your PC? Then you'll need a Microsoft Windows PC — it's the only one that works..."

Is this a case of the BBC abusing its monopoly position to help another monopoly: Microsoft? Having seen the recent BBC, ahem, "documentary" about Vista I was shocked as it looked to me like a half-hour long advert for Microsoft Vista.

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