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BBC Online Industry Briefing: Panel on Simplicity and Connected TV

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Daniel Danker Daniel Danker | 17:00 UK time, Wednesday, 23 November 2011

It gave me a lot of pleasure last Thursday to sit down with partners from across the industry and talk about how we can give the audience an experience that is both delightful and dead simple.

Here is the video of my panel with Sidharth Jayant (Samsung), Edd Uzzell (Sony UK), and Mark Vasey (Panasonic UK).

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Daniel Danker is the General Manager, Programmes and On-Demand, BBC Future Media

Glyn Povah, Telefonica, tweeted the gap between iPlayer's current and potential reach.

28 million people in UK don't use iplayer but could. Massive #MissedOpportunity #BBCOnline

The Fast Web Media twitter account summed the presentation up as:

Daniel Danker states all BBC digital innovation needs to be 'dead simple' for users to be successful #BBCOnline #MediaCityUK

Vikram Rajan of Cognizant tweeted that:

#bbconline goals of TV manufacturers seem to diverge a bit when it comes to connected sets

Within the BBC, Robin Morley (who had demonstrated Moo Spew in the Children's product update) liked the idea of an Electronic Programme Guide that tied in with on-demand:

Best thought floated so far in "sinplicity" discussion between 3 TV manufacturers - an EPG which also goes backwards for catch-up #bbconline

And Phil Buckley (who blogged the Children's Product Update) pointed to a different kind of connected TV:

Loving the tv manufacturers talk. But no discussion of use cases around games consoles? #bbconline



  • Comment number 1.

    That is just insulting our intelligence. As usual Danker spouts his usual "everything in the garden is rosy" rhetoric while, in reality, the whole iPlayer implementation is, at best, confusing and, IMHO, downright divisive in the way it controls how people may watch the content they have paid for.

  • Comment number 2.

    In response to the comment by Glynn Povah:-

    There are an awful lot of people who would like to use iPlayer and, indeed, have devices that are capable of playing the existing iPlayer streams, but cannot because of the BBC's restrictive policies.

    There are even many people who used to have access to iPlayer, but no longer do so, again, because of those same restrictive policies (Users of BeebPlayer, MyPlayer, XBMC)

  • Comment number 3.

    @Eponymous Cowherd

    I appreciate that these issues are of great concern to you, but please do not bring them up where they are off-topic.

    This talk was about IPTV user interfaces, not which content is available where, or on what software.

    I've also removed your comment about the iPlayer on Android from Holly's post.

  • Comment number 4.

    Ian - IMHO, thinking more widely, the issues about what kit can access what content, and how this impinges on UI design *is* relevant.

    Supplying metadata and allowing the gear to play out the streams directly - good.
    Enabling the metadata to be presented through stuff like "backwards EPGs" - good.
    Presenting native H264 content from iPlayer backends to said kit - good.

    Only making it available on certain classes of hardware, and only under NDA - VERY BAD.

    Please could all this metadata and content be made available under open public specs that the FOSS community can design to as well..

    As well as Sony, Samsung, panasonic, LG etc etc... please allow MythTV, the Maemo community, and other open-source devs to the table as well. that way - IPTV solution providers who want to use open-source as the basis of their product aren't locked out...

    Nor are people who want to build their own PVR solutions on the back of, say, MythTV tools, basing it on a Shuttle cardcage.

  • Comment number 5.

    @Alex. You are reaching. This blog post has nothing to do with "what kit can access what content and how this impinges on UI design".

    If it is any consolation, I think your comment on Jane's post about business partnerships is on-topic.

    But any more comments about what kit can access what content will be removed.

  • Comment number 6.

    Thanks Ian. Just that in all the discussions with the major stakeholders... it would be good to ensure the FOSS community have a place at the table... as some of the innovations around Universal Playback UIs *have* come from that sector.

    Just irked me that all i saw was Big Name, Big Name, Big Name... and some of the repurposed-kit solutions have been rolled in where incomes are limited.

    Not everyone has £500-odd to cough up for a Smart TV...

    But thanks again; wasn't intending to reach - but could just see the wider context...


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