TV-Browser is is a free electronic program guide. We offer Data for over 140 Channels. It has everything you need: reminder, create favorites (e.g. based on title or actor), search imdb, create a blog-entry and more.
TV-Browser is written in Java and easily extendible through plugins.
I used the BBC Backstage Data and the TV Anytime Java API offered by BBC to create a Plugin that is able to convert the Data in our Format.
The Webpage of TV-Browser in German, but we will translate it in the next few weeks. The Application is already translated.
Using some of the BBC backstage services we have created a free service for users to consolidate internet features into a personalized home page for their phone.
E.g. Users can add and personalize the following data to their phone:
- Add own RSS feeds
- Over 50 BBC RSS Feeds
- Enter keywords and display relevant BBC Feeds
- Search RSS Feeds
- Transfer Notes from your PC
- Weather Reports
- Traffic Reports
- Daily Horoscope
The service only works with phones that support WAP 2.0. The majority of phones sold in the last 2 years support WAP 2.0
We intially built the service for the USA market however Geoff Lynn from your mobile division pointed me towards the BBC Backstage.
Using the BBC backstage service we have now brought the service to UK users.
If you require further information please contact me
One of the things I frequently want to do is find out when a programme is on TV, and more importantly, when it is repeated (especially given that I live with 10 other students, and we have one TV in the kitchen).
However, there is basically no service available that lets you easily do this, with the exception of our TV listings site that we made for the backstage.bbc.co.uk competition a while ago.
That is the basis behind the idea of this prototype. Something that lets you easily find when something is on TV.
Its been almost 10 months since I first posted about my first backstage project, and 7 months since I updated it, but I've made a major update to the UI, hopefully for the better. It works best in Firefox, but does work in Explorer. The update only took me a few days this weekend, so there's probably a few bugs.
Couldn't think of a better title so named it Backstage on Google?
You can view the old copy at http://bbc.blueghost.co.uk/site34.php for comparison
backstage.bbc.co.uk has been nominated for a NewStatesman New Media 2006 Award, in the Innovation category.
We're quite pleased with the news, particularly as the theme of this year’s awards is The Power of Ideas, with a special emphasis on innovation, usability and efficiency. All great stuff.
However, we're just the conduit for the innovation that takes place by you guys out there in mashup-space! So we see this as being a nomination for you guys as much as it is for backstage itself.
We'll see what happens...