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  1. The BBC Online @20: videos

    Wednesday 16 April 2014, 10:34

    Jonathan Murphy Jonathan Murphy Editorial Development Manager

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    Last week we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the BBC going online with a couple of panel discussions at the Radio Theatre in New Broadcasting House.

    The first of these looked at some of the key moments in the history of the BBC on the web, chaired by Director of BBC Future Media Ralph Rivera. The panellists were George Auckland, who helped set up the BBC Networking Club, Mike Smartt, the first editor of BBC News Online and Ben Lavender, one of the inventors of the BBC iPlayer.

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    Highlights of the first session from the event to mark the 20th anniversary of BBC online

    The second panel session was a wider look at the past, present and future of the web, chaired by technology author and broadcaster Aleks Krotoski. The panellists were Martha Lane Fox, founder of Lastminute.com and chair of Go On UK, John Naughton, technology columnist for the Observer and JP Rangaswami, Chief Scientist at Salesforce.

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    Highlights of the second session from the event to mark the 20th anniversary of BBC online

     Jonathan Murphy is Senior Editorial Development Executive, BBC Online

  2. BBC iPlayer video downloads now available for all recent Android devices

    Tuesday 15 April 2014, 15:33

    David Berlin David Berlin Senior Product Manager

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    In September I announced the launch of video downloads for our 11 most popular Android devices. Over the last seven months we have been gradually adding more models to the list of devices supported for this feature.

    In response to public demand, instead of our previous policy of comprehensively testing specific devices before enabling downloads, we are now offering video downloads functionality by default to all Android devices running Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) or above.

    The opening up of this feature to more than 96% of current users of the BBC iPlayer Android app is the result of development by the BBC iPlayer team and extensive testing via the BBC Mobile Compatibility Programme (MCP). We believe that the vast majority of devices will enjoy a great video downloading experience. However, with more than five thousand different phone, phablet and tablet models able to install the BBC iPlayer Android app, there are likely to be a number of devices that exhibit bugs concerning download behaviour.

    a pile of android phones A pile of Android devices as tested by the BBC Mobile Compatibility Program (MCP)

    Should the BBC be made aware of a major issue with the downloads feature that is affecting a particular device...

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  3. #newsHACK II: info and API videos

    Tuesday 15 April 2014, 11:57

    Matt Shearer Matt Shearer Innovation Manager

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    Following my post announcing the #newsHACK II event on May 1st  we've published some pre-event videos to help explain Storyline, and some of the APIs and tools that will be available to participants in the competition around "The future of News Curation".

    Here's a list of #newsHACK II videos with links:

    A film from Global Editors Network & BBC about the GEN programme and this event

    Storyline for #newsHACK II - background and context

    Apigee - using this at #newsHACK II

    JS tools for News Labs APIs

    team-in-progress-newsHACK_small.jpg Team working at the 1st newsHACK

    Both the Global Editors Network and the BBC are excited about the teams taking part, including some organisations from last #newsHACK  - SKY NEWS, The Times, Swansea University, FT, UCL et al - plus a swathe of new teams, inlcuding STV, Storyful, Queen Mary University of London to name a few.

    The two winning teams will win a place in the #EditorsLab final in June in Barcelona.

    To find out more, including the Glasgow and Dublin venue information, please see the #newsHACK website.

    If you haven't signed up yet but are interested in attending please check out what you need as a team to register here.

    If you have any further questions please email BBC Connected Studio...

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  4. Push Notifications for Football teams in BBC Sport app

    Monday 14 April 2014, 13:10

    Ryan Thomas Hewitt Ryan Thomas Hewitt Business Analyst

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    Hello, I’m Ryan Thomas Hewitt – Senior Business Analyst for the BBC Sport apps.

    Today I'm excited to announce the launch of a new feature in the Sport apps – push notifications for more than 150 domestic football teams.

    We know how people are keen to keep in touch with the action while on the move – for example, at weekends as much 71% of total BBC Sport traffic comes from non-desktop browsing with football being a big driver of this, especially when there’s a full fixture list. We wanted to make this core part of our offering even easier, and feedback from users and our own audience research...

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  5. The BBC Online @20

    Friday 11 April 2014, 08:35

    Jonathan Murphy Jonathan Murphy Editorial Development Manager

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    Today we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of the BBC going online. In April 1994 a new series aired on BBC Two called The Net, looking at all things digital. Accompanying the series was the BBC’s first bulletin board along with the creation of the Networking Club to provide members with an ISP and an e-mail address. From these few pages our web presence grew, and eventually BBC Online (using the bbc.co.uk address) was established three years later in 1997.

    To mark this anniversary, we’re holding a couple of panel sessions in the Radio Theatre at New Broadcasting House to discuss the early...

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  6. Invitations To Tender For BBC Digital Services Framework Published

    Wednesday 9 April 2014, 14:38

    Richard Smith Richard Smith Head Market Engagement

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    Last year I blogged about some changes we are making to the way the BBC works with its digital indie suppliers. In the run-up to Christmas we published new Invitations to Tender for Digital Testing and Digital Design. Both those contracts should be awarded shortly.

    I’m pleased to confirm that we have now published the Invitations To Tender for the BBC Digital Services Framework. The ITT is now available to view. Click on ‘view tender opportunities’. The project title is “BBC Digital Services Framework” and the ITT reference is itt_29814.

    The new roster should give us a variety of suppliers...

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  7. College of Production Round Up: Access All Areas, radio visualisation

    Tuesday 8 April 2014, 13:22

    Robert Khan Robert Khan Assitant Content Producer

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    I’m Rob Khan, assistant content producer at the BBC College of Production (CoP) website.

    Since our last post we’ve been busy working with Radio 1 and 1Xtra on their exclusive online Access All Areas season.

    Radio 1 has an impressive online presence with over 1 million subscribers to its YouTube channel. We wanted to show how some of the content that has helped to reach this number is produced and how the use of digital technology is helping it to reach a wider audience.

    The idea behind Access All Areas was to open up the stations to the audience and show how the networks are using digital technology...

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  8. Accessibility on BBC iPlayer on Chromecast

    Monday 7 April 2014, 08:35

    Henny Swan Henny Swan Senior Accessibility Specialist

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    Hi,

    Two weeks ago Google Chromecast launched in the UK with BBC iPlayer on Android and iOS adding support on the same day. On Friday of last week we added Chromecast support to the new version of BBC iPlayer on desktop and laptop computers using the Chrome web browser. For those that have not come across Chromecast before it offers an easy way to stream media to your TV by plugging a Wi-Fi enabled HDMI dongle into your TV set. When you cast from BBC iPlayer you can then stream audio and video to your TV from your device via apps that have the Chromecast feature enabled or from the Google Chrome...

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  9. Testing BBC iPlayer on Chromecast

    Friday 4 April 2014, 08:35

    David Colter David Colter Senior Test Engineer

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    Hello, I am David Colter, part of the team that brought BBC iPlayer to Chromecast on mobile devices. I am a Senior Test Engineer at BBC North in Salford Quays where a great deal of our work on mobile devices is done.

    We developed our Chromecast capability in partnership with Google. They provided us with their software development kit for us to integrate Chromecast connectivity into BBC iPlayer apps. We were also given some design guidelines to define how the cast experience was to work in use. We did this on the Google Android and Apple iOS platforms side-by-side, for phone and tablet form factors...

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  10. BBC iPlayer Radio update

    Thursday 27 March 2014, 15:34

    Chris Kimber Chris Kimber Executive Product Manager

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    I’m pleased to confirm that this week we released an update to our mobile apps for iOS and Android (v1.5) which has two key user benefits. Firstly we are introducing Favourites into the app, which has consistently been one of the most requested features from users since we launched. We know that many people already value having a list of their favourite programmes on the web, and to ensure that same list is available in our apps we ask you to log in to BBC iD first. This means you can add a programme via a browser on any device, and then quickly access it on your Android or iOS device via the...

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