BBC plans set-top iPlayer box

The BBC plans a user-friendly set-top box to rival the Apple TV and Sky.
The device will reportedly transfer web videos such as the BBC’s iPlayer content onto TV screens, essentially an consumer-friendly IP-TV solution from the world’s first TV channel.
BBC director general Mark Thompson told the Financial Times: “There are many things out there in the market, but what we haven’t yet got is a simple standard, to mean that you can get services like iPlayer and Kangaroo [a joint venture to deliver archive and popular programmes online].”
Thompson explained the BBC to be “looking very hard at” forming an alliance to introduce “a very simple standard” for getting shows from computer screens to TVs. The plan would require clearance from the BBC Trust.

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