BBC iPlayer could make or break Beeb

BBC's Internal newspaper, Ariel, reports that the wider media industy has been invited to have their say on the impending introduction of BBC's iPlayer, the on-demand broadband application that will allow viewers to watch or listen to BBC's programme catalog up to one week after they have been aired.

Interestingly iPlayer makes use of Peer-to-Peer and Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies; the latter was developed by Microsoft and generated a number of comments and controversies which can be read on the iPlayer message board.

Mark Thompson, BBC's Director General, has confirmed that 150 staff is working on the BBC iPlayer and that the project could potentially decide of the corporation's future. The submission period will end in about three weeks and Ofcom, the sector's regulatory body, is expected to deliver its findings by mid December.