BBC Licenses Over-the-Air Mobile Video Downloads

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MocoNews reports that users of the BBC’s catch-up service iPlayer will be able to download TV programs over the air directly to their handsets, thanks to a few new agreements signed with technology and licensing companies CMLA, Core Media and Intertrust.

The new agreements let the BBC use Open Mobile Alliance’s DRM 2.0 standard, which is yet another copy protection system that should probably go away soon like the rest. “In the past, the BBC could only offer streaming to mobile devices as it only has rights to make TV shows available in iPlayer for a limited number of days after the original broadcast, and have to ensure that the content was DRM protected.”