Round Up: Thursday 24 September 2009
Autumn is traditionally the time when TV schedulers roll out good news so let's start there.
The announcement on the blog that iPlayer favourite Top Gear was getting the HD treatment has reverberated around the internet like a souped up Ford Fiesta Titanium. There hasn't been so much buzz since iPlayer got onto the PS3.
Part one of the Telegraph's The 50 most influential Britons in technology featured blog contributor and regular commenter Andy Quested at number 42 and the BBC's legendary Brandon Butterworth at 27. What unites these two? Probably two of the coolest job titles imaginable: "Principal Technologist, HD" and "Chief Scientist, BBC" respectively. (Update added Friday 25 September: part two of the Telegraph's Technology Brits is now online.)
TV chief Lorraine Heggessey has suggested that users of catch up services like the BBC iPlayer should pay for it. With the promised launch of ad-funded services like the revitalised Kangaroo (full disclosure: I worked on it!) and the eventual entry of Hulu into the UK market in the pipeline will consumers pay?
The BBC's Head of Distribution Technology responded on the blog to accusations that the Beeb was planning to make millions of Freeview PVRs obsolete. Oh, if only it were that simple. The reality is a brain-numbing yet potentially significant (depending on who you read: boingboing's take, cnet's, MP Tom Watson's) issue around the use of DRM/encryption on the coming Freeview HD boxes.
Paul Murphy is the Editor of the BBC Internet blog.