Interesting Stuff 2008-05-21
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.
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.
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.
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
And, 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.