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October 5, 2005

Using P2P to Catch up with The BBC

The BBC is so freakin' cool! BBC has a selective trial of a new P2P service called iMP that basically lets UK viewers watch televison shows on their computer. Here's the BBC's description:

iMP is an application in development offering UK viewers the chance to catch up on TV and radio programmes they may have missed for up to seven days after they have been broadcast, using the internet to legally download programmes to their home computers. iMP uses peer to peer distribution technology (P2P) to legally distribute these programmes.

Seven days after the programme transmission date the programme file expires (using Digital Rights Management - DRM - software) and users will no longer be able to watch it. DRM also prevents users emailing the files to other computer users or sharing it via disc.

Get a clue US networks! I sure hope this service makes it's way to BBC America. If you are testing the service, let us know what you think.

You can read a user's first impression and see some screenshots here


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Posted by William Hungerford at October 5, 2005 9:44 AM

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