Thursday, 17 September 2009
Killing the goose
Released on Tuesday 15th September 2009 was a consultative document from Ofcom on the future regulation of video on demand services, which seeks to place the same sort of controls on VOD services such as BBC iPlayer, 4OD, ITV Player, SkyPlayer and Demand Five as on to air broadcasters. While I can see little difference between what is transmitted over the air waves and what is available from the same companies via the web I find it somewhat ominous is that state regulators are now seeking to extend their control to the Internet as well. What after all is ‘video on demand’? How about YouTube or the little streaming video you shot on holiday and put on Facebook for your friends and family to watch? This is all being driven from Europe as they do their best to stifle freedom of speech a little at a time hoping we do not notice. Personally one of the attractions of the Internet was the ‘wild west’ you are not in control we are spirit, but big business and government controls are killing the goose that lays the golden eggs. How long before all that is left is home shopping and ‘pay per view’ TV?