A new service delivering television over the internet has become fodder in a new war between auntie beeb and satellite broadcaster BSkyB who are also in a brawl with virgin media over providing Sky one amongst other services on the virgin media network.
So lets just put this into context, the BBC iPlayer service Last month iPlayer handled 17.5m requests for downloads. So for arguments sake lets assume each download request is 600mb, (just averages) then this month alone they have transfered 10,500,000,000 megabytes or just over 10,013 terabytes.
The telegraph is reporting James Murdoch, BSkyB chairman, has accused the BBC Trust, the corporation’s governing body, of an “abrogation of responsibility” in backing the launch of a service now making inroads into pay TV.
He claimed the BBC was using its market power to squeeze competition in the broadband TV market with its iPlayer service. He described the service as a big step and “pre-emptive intervention” that was “squashing a lot of competitors.
“I’m not saying it’s a bad product but I am saying it does crowd out competition and innovation.”
Theres no denying the BBC iplayer service have been an internet phenomon, within just a few short months. In retrospect it took Youtube over 12 month to get meaty share of the video market.
The beeb paid £120 million / $240 million in the last 5 years researching and development the technology.