Microsoft to charge UK TV License payers twice?

You may be a UK license payer, but that means nothing to Microsoft. (IMO)

Xbox 360 owners who were hoping for a BBC iPlayer experience may have to hold off a little longer (or maybe even for good).

In my opinion the following comment made allegedly by a source close to the BBC shows exactly how Microsoft likes to operate.  How much money can it make out of a product?  As much as people will blindly shell out! (IMO)

Microsoft only wants to offer its users access to platforms it can charge for as this is the model it is pursuing. It wants to ensure that only those paying for Xbox Live Gold accounts can access its additional content services and even then there is usually a charge on top to get access to those. For example, to access the Sky Player on Xbox, you have to pay for a Gold subscription as well as a Sky subscription,

I think this type of attitude highlights perfectly why the proprietary model is so restrictive.  We see a menu of options that you can have with Windows 7 (at a price of course) and in my opinion if Microsoft’s dream of becoming the sole entertainment supplier in your home came to fruition, you could expect more of the above.  It doesnt matter if its MSoffice, Windows 7 or Xbox 360 theres always something to spend money on.

You can read the article here:

The BBC allegedly went on to say:

The BBC cannot charge the British public for access to the iPlayer as it is already included in the licence fee

Maybe not, but in my opinion Microsoft will be more than happy to.  So what do Nintendo and Sony do?  Well, they offer the iPlayer service for free on their respective consoles.

It could be said (and its my opinion) that Microsoft never really grasped the online TV market.  Since ITV and Channel 4 both dumped Silverlight, that must have been a cutting blow to them, Microsoft didn’t even seem to see the potential in the Bluray, opting instead for the HDvd and then getting burnt when it lost to Bluray.  Microsoft mainstay in the home?  I don’t think so.

Goblin –


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