UK ISPs Threaten BBC Over iPlayer

Net neutrality concerns have moved to the UK, where several of the largest broadband providers, are threatening to traffic shape BBC's iPlayer unless the public broadcaster pays for the cost of streaming its videos.

Update: BT denies that it has expressed concern with the iPlayer. 


  1. Crosbie Fitch says:

    Licence already paid
    The BBC could of course let their licence payers have the programmes they’ve paid for, rather than be inefficiently spoon fed them.

    Then recorded programmes could be shared at low cost by BitTorrent.

    And live programmes could be collectively rebroadcast by RawFlow.

    Because of all the nonsense about retaining control over diffusion, we have highly inefficient use of bandwidth that justifiably makes ISPs throw their hands up in horror.

  2. Oversubscribed?
    Let’s see. The subscribers pay for a certain amount of bandwidth (and in some cases a cap on the amount of data per month). It would seem to me, then, that a simple way to deal with this would be that the ISP have sufficient capacity to deal with the amount of bandwidth to satisfy the amount that the subscribers are paying for. While targeting the content provider is a easy way to deal with this, to me it sounds like the real problem is that the sales departments of the ISPs have been too successful and have oversubscribed the service they can provide.