BBC, BT Lock Horns Again
First, the BBC criticized BT for its bandwidth management strategy, which, the broadcaster claims, is impacting the quality of its popular over-the-top iPlayer service. (See BBC Hits Out at BT.)
Now BT is saying the BBC, and other Internet video content providers such as Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) need to contribute toward BT's network capacity costs, and that it's not possible for them to have a "free ride" any more. Check out this Financial Times report.
This is a tussle that can only get more interesting, as video traffic continues to grow, both in real terms and as a percentage of overall Internet traffic. (See Cisco Sees Video Gone Wild.)
– Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading