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Interesting Stuff 2008-05-21

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Alan Connor | 14:41 UK time, Wednesday, 21 May 2008

sound_index_lozenge.PNGMike Butcher follows up yesterday's post on TechCrunch UK about BBC Switch's Sound Index with a call to free the data:

So what what needs to happen now is that the BBC needs to release some of this data, perhaps on a platform, so that UK startups like Songkick can incorporate it into their service.

Jemima Kiss has a piece in The Guardian about take-up of BBC iPlayer:

Research published yesterday by video technology firm Redback Networks confirmed the UK's appetite for "time-shifted" video content, with 57% of the UK's web users watching at least 10 hours of on-demand or pre-recorded TV each week.


Aled Parry has an entry in his Tumblelog about the sustainability site BBC Bloom, ending with the perennial question:

I'm fascinated with the BBC new online strategy, gone have the days of text only / 100% accessible websites? (but why is it in 'beta'?)

--although Bloom does, of course, have a vanilla HTML version that should be fully accessible.

Charlie Beckett of POLIS ("a joint initiative from LSE and the London College of Communication") writes about BBC News discussing its mistakes on our sister blog The Editors:

The way the BBC responded with a bit of humility and openess to their sins suggests they have learnt this lesson. Judging by the viewer feedback, it's appreciated

alan_sugar.jpgAnd, as they say, finally, The Daily Mail reports on a solicitor who apparently faces a £4,900 mobile bill after going "off contract" by downloading audio/visual content:

She wrongly assumed that the tariff included downloading programmes while abroad. Her internet provider actually charges £4.25 per megabyte for the service.
It means a show like The Apprentice - which requires a 600 megabyte file to download - would cost £2,550.

[Pace Steve Farr, this Interesting Stuff post is maintaining the naming convention previously used, but this is under discussion.]

Alan Connor is co-editor, BBC Internet Blog.


  • Comment number 1.

    On The Sound Index, why does The Ting Tings show the DVD cover to the Wong Kar-Wai 2004 movie "2046"?

    "That's Not My Name"? That's not my record sleeve either!

  • Comment number 2.

    People should have learned by now to never assume anything when it comes to mobile broadband (or mobile phones in general). Data charges have been ridiculous right from the beginning - there have been cases like this one in both USA and Canada where bills have reached $50,000.

  • Comment number 3.

    Very interesting to hear how many people are time shifting their programmes. I watch most of my favourite programmes this way, and it looks like a lot of other people do aswell. Wonder how long the advertisers will be willing to pay high charges for showing ads that the majority of people fast forward through? I've heard claims that the ads are still effective since we concentrate on the screen so much when doing this, but personally I think this is just advertising hype (so as not to lose business).

  • Comment number 4.

    This begs the question, how was this solicitor able to download programmes from BBC iPlayer when she was outside the UK?


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