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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