Round up, Thursday 27 May 2010: iPlayer Beta
The Internet blog's favourite headline from yesterday's new personalised iPlayer beta launch was BitterWallet's "BBC buff up the iPlayer and get groovy with the social networking craze" which sums up a lot of the new features in one pithy phrase.
Among other stories that emerged yesterday in the announcement was the BBC's support for the imminently available iPad from Apple. The Telegraph covered the story (and implied that it would be via an app and got corrected in several places including here as well as in their own comments) as did The Register who produced our second favourite headline of the day: "BBC iPlayer to run on iPads. Eventually".
The Register story includes some quotes from the press conference yesterday including this one from Erik Huggers:
"We're not wedded to Flash. Let's be really clear about that,,, Having over 25 devices out there for BBC iPlayer means we are quite flexible about the technologies we use to get our service out to consumers. Not all of our services are powered by Flash. The iPad is a very interesting device, the screen size is right, the battery life is right, and we will make iPlayer services available."
And this from Anthony Rose:
"For downloads you need to have rights management to limit the time availability. To do that you need DRM. The only DRM that works on Apple devices is Apple DRM which is a closed system. So for downloads, they are off limits for the moment. But for streaming there should be no problem... Sometimes we play out using RTMP, sometimes we use SSL, sometimes we use HTTP. It depends on the resolution of the content. On low resolution mobile devices, as with an iPhone, you sometimes don't need protection. As you get to higher resolution ones, you do. On iPad we're likely to use SSL based streaming."
The Telegraph also covered what's known as iPlayer interlinking whereby metadata from other broadcasters shows up in iPlayer searches with an external link to the programme. Their headline though would seem to imply more than that: Every terrestrial TV programme to be available via BBC iPlayer.
Catchy headline but not true. PaidContent's "BBC iPlayer Will Link To Commercial VOD Services" is probably more accurate.
And one last piece of feedback (from The Register) for the iPlayer team:
...and while we're at it, this is completely off topic but: to the people who made the BBC3 iPlayer ident, please please please get the audio remastered properly. I've stuck my head inside jet engines that were quieter. If I get my ears blasted by that thing one more time I'm calling my lawyer. Okay?Paul Murphy is Editor, BBC Internet blog