TV broadcaster – the BBC – is furious that a
Dutch businessman, Hendrik Noorderhaven, has placed a
teletext search engine on the Web using its content.
The site enables users to search both the Beeb's
(BBC's) BBC1 and BBC2 Ceefax teletext pages and is
extremely fast. It also searches Eire's equivalent
According to the FT, the Beeb is furious at
this use of its IP and is aiming to shut the site down.
Which is rather bizarre, really. The British public
funded the creation of that content and would really
appreciate a faster method of viewing it than via the
clunky old method of teletext pages broadcast directly
to teletext compatible TV sets.
It's another case of paying twice for the same
information just because the format has changed. µ