Episode 29 – The one in which I may go a bit ranty over the BBC iplayer

Ok so one thing we do not have in the UK is much of a competitive market when it comes to TV suppliers and the cord argument does not really apply here. Hell,one of our major suppliers is Sky, the satellite broadcaster so I’m not even sure if that counts as even being able to cut the cord.

However, there is a growing global trend of traditional media delivery systems as coming under threat and the term cord cutting has crossed the Atlantic from the states, but to many has little relevance. Certainly what we are watching with interest is the updated argument of which came first, the chicken or the egg? Netflix is blamed by Verizon for hogging the bandwidth, yet Netflix

counter argues that its the networks that are shit and they are the ones to blame for the awful connection quality. Clearly I paraphrase, although it would be great to hear major companies bandy the odd swear around an argument now and again.


So in this week we debate the issue and what goes on around the world and what happens here in the UK. It was here that I stumbled and hit the rant button as the argument the BBC has over why the iplayer cannot go on the Apple TV is an argument that you could steer the largest American aircraft carrier through.

Let me explain: The argument cited by the BBC’s Chris Yanda as to why they went Chromecast, and not Apple TV goes like this

One of the reasons we decided to support Chromecast was that Apple TV currently works only with Apple devices. Chromecast has SDKs available for a number of different platforms including iOS, Android, and the Chrome browser for laptop and desktop computers.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! Of FFS Chris, your logic to this argument would go like this in the boardroom. “Er! Sorry folks we cannot have the iplayer app running on iOS as that system only works on iPhones and iPads” You total dick Chris! Any child would look at the iplayer app and then correctly attest that you are wrong and clearly the wrong man for the job if you can place an ill judged argument into the media like that.

Oh and for those outside of the UK let me share some info for you. The BBC within the last year, in a bid to become more youth friendly decided to cancel an entire channel. Yes thats right you heard me, an entire channel and not just a show. BBC3 to be canned and moved to the internet. The decision to do with moving this entire channel and its shows to the iplayer where people can watch what they want,when they want and not be concerned when a show is on.  Thus but leaving it off the Apple TV, the lovely Beeb has managed to snaffoo a section of the potential audience. Honestly, I could run the place better than these over payed prats.

Anynoo, this resulted in an off kilter rant which you can all listen to here:

Episode 29:

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