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BBC and Tiscali bickering about streaming videos and iPlayer

Under-fire Internet Service Provider Tiscali has attacked BBC's proposals to boycott ISPs who would throttle, block or hinder their users' ability to access the Beeb's popular iPlayer online shows.

ISPs are worried that the surging popularity of video on demand services like the iPlayer, Channel Four 4OD and the forthcoming Kangaroo platform would all but kill ISPs in the current market.

Simon Gunter, head of strategy at Tiscali, said that the BBC was just rubbing salt on an open wound saying that "The question is about whether we invest in extra capacity or go to the consumer and ask them to pay a BBC tax"

"Inflammatory comments about blacklisting ISPs do not help. There seems to be a lack of understanding about how networks are built. Either we are not explaining it properly or it is falling on deaf ears."

Back in August 2007, Tiscali amongst (opens in new tab) other ISPs warned the BBC that iPlayer could "overload" their networks and earlier this year, Tiscali threatened to make BBC iPlayer users foot the bill if the content providers did not.

BBC has already announced that it would be developing a system similar to what Akamai already has in place : a Content Delivery Network (opens in new tab) that would allow ISPs to share their costs with the BBC; however making this a reality takes time and for-profit firms like Tiscali are getting impatient.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.