The Streaming Service of the Council of the European Union – where you can view live transmissions of ongoing public events or browse the archives – can only be accessed by Mac or MS Windows users due to the WMV format chosen for the videos!
Quote from the Councilâ€™s FAQ page â€œThe live streaming media service of the Council of the European Union can be viewed on Microsoft Windows and Macintosh platforms.
We cannot support Linux in a legal way. So the answer is: No support for Linuxâ€ Update: this statement has since been omitted
Iâ€™ve no doubt there is some screwed up and ill enlightened legislation that could stop support for Linux, they make the laws after all. But havenâ€™t they heard of interoperability?
If the BBC can offer their video services in both WMV and Realmedia formats, why cant the EU?
Shouldnâ€™t all government websites make their content available platform-independent?
First they force Microsoft to market a version of Windows without media-player in accordance with the EU’s antitrust rulings and then they release content that needs that very media player. Only in the EUâ€¦ you would be forgiven for saying.
Stefan Esterer has formed a petition here for those amongst us that have a thing about Open standards, level playing fields, politics for penguins etc.
HAPPY NEW YEAR by the way