I am doing a Reddit AMA on Tuesday 30th August 2016 at 9am Pacific (see other time zone times here). Find out more here.

OK Brits, time to call on you again. The BBC has an open consultation regarding its online services for making content available. Question 5 is whether this service should only be made available to Microsoft platforms. Naturally, this would be a bad idea for various reasons:

  • We should always encourage media consumption on all systems, using open formats where possible.
  • Being a license holder does not make an assumption that I am a Microsoft customer.
  • Being a license holder gives me a certain amount of leveragable opinion on where the BBC is moving forward, and as a public institution I feel it should be as open and accessible as possible. I would not expect my tax return forms to only be available in Word format, and I don’t expect my TV shows to only play on a Microsoft platform.

So, make your thoughts known people. This is the magic link for the consultation, so get along and fill out Question 5 with your views. 🙂

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