Useful iPlayer addition

I currently have 2 laptops, an iMac, a PS3, an Xbox 360, Cheryl’s laptop, and Cheryl’s PS3 all capable of playing content from BBC iPlayer. If I want to view HD content I have to download it using the desktop app. This is available on the computers and laptops regardless of the operating system, which is very nice as I have Linux, Mac, and Windows installations at the moment.

My improvement comes from a situation I have found myself in a couple of times since Cheryl and I got the iMac the other day. I can download HD content on here, but if I do then I have no way of playing it on my TVs. The iMac has a nice 27 inch screen, but the dining chairs aren’t anywhere near as comfortable as the sofa.

When I’ve downloaded the HD copy of some media it would be great if I could connect to my BBC iPlayer installation on any of my other devices and stream that content over my local network. The DRM can all be handled in the same way it is by the app on the PS3 or whatever. It’s just a locally-hosted copy of the exact same file. They could even make it so that you can only stream the content from within the iPlayer app if they wanted.

I don’t want to pirate anything, I just want to be able to play media I’ve downloaded on one device on another. This would be possible if I did illegally download a copy of the media, I shouldn’t be punished for being honest.

Steve Ballmer is a hypocrite

I was just reading a news article about Steve Ballmer’s reaction to the recently announced Google Chrome operating system when I stumbled on this little gem:

“I don’t know if they can’t make up their mind or what the problem is over there, but the last time I checked, you don’t need two client operating systems.”

A quick look at Microsoft’s website tells me that Windows 7 is going to be released in “Starter”, “Home premium”, “Professional”, and “Ultimate” versions. There are more versions available depending on where you live because of Microsoft’s legal obligation not to force Internet Explorer on everyone in certain countries.

These are admittedly just different versions of the same operating system, but then we have to consider Windows Mobile on smartphones. That’s a entirely different operating system because it’s designed for a different type of device. Perhaps Microsoft should be reminded of their Zune. That runs a version of Windows called Windows CE (or Windows Embedded Compact). This is similar to the uses of Google Android and Google Chrome OS. Nobody would run a full version of Windows Vista on a mobile phone. It just wouldn’t be practical. Why should it be any different for another company? Do Apple run a full Mac OSX installation on every iPod and iPhone out there? You bet your ass they don’t!