CyberTech Rambler

December 29, 2008

ITV player uses Silverlight

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 3:39 pm

This is going to be interesting, ITV’s rebranded answer to BBC IPlayer, ITV Player, uses Microsoft Silverlight!

I know that because my browser does not have silverlight plugin. Since  I am not a ITV programme fan, I let my bias against Microsoft rules and decided not to install it.

When I complained about BBC iPlayer Desktop not supporting Linux and Mac, I made it because I think BBC has the duty to be platform independent, given its charter and the fact that I am paying the license fee.  But ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 are all commercial operation and I do not care whether they let us Linux and Mac users see their content. If they insist on using technology that has a platform bias, that’s their loses, not mine. As they decided I am not a worthwhile customer to keep, I won’t bother them.

My revenge? I am not going to link to their players in this post.

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3 Comments »

  1. I agree, 100% with this post, in a commercial operation they can alienate whoever they want. As a Linux user I won’t even get the option of seeing their adverts.

    Comment by Thomas Knowles — January 8, 2009 @ 10:23 pm | Reply

  2. Just an observation – and I’m no MS fan! – Silverlight is a fairly platform independent solution. It already runs on Macs and the linux version 1.0 is released with 2.0 in alpha.

    Comment by James Thomas — February 2, 2009 @ 1:30 pm | Reply

  3. If platform independent means having something that can run on Win32, Mac and Linux then you are correct. However, this is not platform independent from a programmers point of view. See wikipedia’s article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverlight) for more information and I believe that programmers forms the “early-warning” system for fragmentation of the web. That technology threaten to fragment the web as we know it.

    And the other thing is that platform independent to me means not favouring one platform over another. You cannot have one platform constantly having the most up-to-date feature, and the other platforms playing catchup. This is what we see happenning. Do you really think that the Linux version being one of the last to appear is a coincidence?

    Anyway, Silverlight still have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to non-Windows platform:

    My friend has a Mac running Silverlight so I used it to have a look at the implementation of ITV Player. It is badly implemented. The worst was the fact that the skip forward/backward does not work reliably and the software can get deadlocked, i.e., showing a black screen without sound. It happens after they finish playing the adverts. The only way to resolve this is to reload the web page and start all over again from the advertisement. I know watching ads is part of the bargain, but failure to deliver the content after I fulfilled my part of the bargain is not acceptable. I cannot tell whether is it ITV’s fault or the Mac implementation of Silverlight.

    Comment by ctrambler — February 2, 2009 @ 1:54 pm | Reply


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