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BBC's Huggers Pushes 'Open iPlayer' Again; This Time, Outside UK, Too

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It’s 10 months since the BBC first offered its iPlayer to rival UK broadcasters. None of them have yet bitten, so now its future media and technology director Erik Huggers is offering it to global TV companies.

He told the IBC conference in Amsterdam in a keynote address on Friday (via Broadbandtvnews.com): “It is not a concept of aggregation, but federation. It’s about making sure each of the broadcasters around the world can continue to have a direct relationship with their users.”

Answering James Murdoch’s no-holds-barred assault on the “state-funded” BBC and its stifling of commercial content companies, Huggers responds: “(These) investments are going to be made available to public and private companies so that they don