Programming includes Red Dwarf, Strange, Invasion Earth, Little Britain, Doctor Who, Fawlty Towers, Coupling, Keeping Up Appearances, League of Gentlemen and Ideal (my favorites in bold).
Mike Arrington on Techcrunch points out that many more BBC titles available on Zudeo’s older brother Azureus, albeit illegally.
So here’s what I don’t get… When I left the BBC they were working on an IPTV project called MyBBCPlayer (that’s been public information for 18 months).
I’ve had no official contact with the BBC since I left in June, so I have no idea what’s going on, but I can only assume that the project has massively fallen behind and thus they are exploring other IPTV-like distribution options. Perhaps this is also a fact-finding mission to gain intel to put back into the MyBBCProject?
I’m not surprised the BBC has gotten into bed with a P2P company (albeit the ‘legitimate arm’ of one), as the BBC doesn’t have the same commercial pressures other media companies face. However I still find it very curious they have gone with a relative unknown company. This is as much a coup for Zudeo as it is the BBC.
The BBC/Zudeo deal will only be available for American users, so I’ll do a review of the service when it becomes available.