Interesting Stuff 2009-12-05: BBC iPlayer round-up
Anthony Rose's indepth interview with CNet ("iPlayer uncovered: What powers the BBC's epic creation?") has excited some conversations.
Jack Shofield in the Guardian ("iPlayer uncovered")pulls out some of the numbers.
Nothing is really achieved by direct download from the BBC - that would cost waaaay too much money, as proven by the total data usage. Instead, they set up peering agreements (free, http://support.bbc.co.uk/support/peering/) which allow them to, with a little discussion, put iPlayer CDN (content delivery) boxes in datacentres and even possibly ISPs space in telephone exchanges, for a low/free/reasonable cost
The CNet piece encourages Rupert Goodwins to speculate about "the true cost of the iplayer to the BBC".
And paidContent claims the iPlayer "eats TV for breakfast".
Last week it was roughly 500 days since the BBC iPlayer officially launched in December 2007. Here are the top ten programmes viewed on iPlayer since then*:
- Top Gear Series 11
- Top Gear Series 12
- Doctor Who Series 4
- The Apprentice Series 5
- Live At The Apollo Series 4
- Little Britain USA
- Doctor Who Specials (Christmas 2005 - 2008 inc. & Easter 2009)
- Gavin and Stacey Series 2
- Mistresses Series 2
* In terms of average requests to view per episode, and excluding one-off programmes; data covers period from launch until end of April.
All the shows I'm sure I'll learn to hate really quickly are all readily available and when the cries of "more more more" come, you can always watch another episode right away.
Nick Reynolds is editor, BBC Internet blog