Friday, August 26th, 2005

The BBC gets it.


The BBC, after seeing the premiere of Doctor Who get into the wilds of the Internet before it actually went to air last March, has decided to simulcast BBC1 and BBC2 on the net, as well as providing downloads.

This wise move, in stark contrast to the usual televisual idiocy of Amarican networks, shows ol’ Auntie Beeb certainly seems to understand the sea change the broadcast industry is due for in the next few years. People will still veg out in front of the tube, but increasingly it’ll be on their terms. Digital media means it’ll happen one way or the other; either i get charged a nominal fee and I download from an easy to use service, or I get my torrent on.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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