Tuesday 11 March 2014, 09:30
The new iPlayer has been designed for a multiscreen world, so the experience is consistent, but optimised across PC, tablet, mobile and TV devices and we've built it in such a way that we can rapidly develop and release new features across those four screens.
Wednesday 12 March 2014, 09:59
Hi, my name is Marcus Parnwell and I am Executive Product Manager for BBC iPlayer on connected TVs, games consoles and TV operator platforms.
We are currently offering users a preview of the new version of BBC iPlayer for big-screen devices. If the preview is available for your TV device (see the list below and the BBC iPlayer help pages), you will see a new link at the bottom of the screen inviting you to try out a new version.
We launched the current TV version in 2011 and since then we have seen a dramatic change in how people use BBC iPlayer. Whilst we know users still want to catch-up on those programmes they know they’ve missed on TV, a lot of you want an easier way to find new things to watch. We are aiming to meet both needs with this version.
So what’s new?
Channel and Category homepages
We know that you like to use BBC iPlayer to find programmes by both genre and channel. We have improved this experience to allow you see a curated stream of content – either highlighted by our editorial teams or because it has been popular. Our user testing indicates this is an easy way for users to discover programmes they may not otherwise have known about.BBC ONE channel page
Tuesday 11 March 2014, 09:30
Hello, I’m Dan Taylor, Head of BBC iPlayer and today I’m delighted to share how we are evolving BBC iPlayer for the multiscreen world, starting today with the rollout of a new version for computers, tablets, mobiles and connected TVs.
Just over six years ago, on Christmas Day 2007, we launched BBC iPlayer, offering users the opportunity to catch-up with the last 7 days of BBC programming via their computer.
Fast forward to now and BBC iPlayer is available on over 1,000 different devices and serves 10 million programme requests a day. It now offers more than just catch-up, with live streaming, archive collections, exclusives and premieres. We’ve also introduced innovative new features such as mobile downloads, enabling you to watch offline and on the go, and Live Restart, enabling you to jump back to the start of a programme while it’s being broadcast. It’s a measure of how loved BBC iPlayer now is that it’s the number one brand in the UK according to YouGov’s BrandIndex Ranking.
However there’s always room for improvement and following extensive research and user testing, we are today rolling out a new web version of BBC iPlayer (accessible via bbc.co.uk/iplayer on computers...
Monday 10 March 2014, 08:35
The plans for the BBC’s News Archive are moving apace now following a really creative two day Build Studio event in Belfast last week. Eight Indy teams who successfully wowed us at the Connected Studio event in January came to build prototypes and hone their ideas. We were housed in the Titanic Centre in Belfast, for long hours sat on chairs rumoured to have been made for the ship itself. We managed to achieve a lot more than just re-arrange them!
The ideas broadly crystallised around three, sometimes overlapping, themes. Using archive to enhance and enrich audience understanding of News happening now; exploiting local and location based experiences; and making experiences more social and personal.Teams at work at the News Archive Build studio
Audiences consistently tell us they want News stories with more context and depth. News can sometimes feel like a moving car. It can be quite hard catching up or getting into a News story when you arrive in the middle of it happening. However, audiences do not like feeling they are being told what they need to know, they want to control and discover for themselves. Can the archive help meet these needs with a story like Ukraine and Crimea...
Thursday 6 March 2014, 09:53
Hi I’m John Barratt, Senior Product Manager for BBC search.
I'm pleased to tell you that yesterday a new search results page that is optimised for mobile devices was launched as a beta.
For the past year, if you performed a search on http://www.bbc.co.uk/ from a mobile device, you would have received the main desktop search results page, where ‘pinch and zoom’ was required to resize the page to an appropriate size. This wasn’t a great user experience and with the mobile search audience more than doubling in the past 12 months, we wanted to improve their experience urgently.
Wednesday 5 March 2014, 08:35
Hello, I'm Paul Rutter, Test Manager for POD Test in Mobile Platforms, Programmes and On-Demand, BBC Future Media.
In my last blog post, "Testing BBC iPlayer for Android Downloads" I mentioned how our Android products are installable on over 3000 different devices. In addition to this vast range of devices, there’s also different firmware versions and operator customisations to consider. For iOS we too have hardware and firmware fragmentation to consider. That’s for native applications. For responsive web products the hardware/firmware considerations are even greater.
More and more people are...
Tuesday 4 March 2014, 10:41
Hello, I'm Niko Vijayaratnam and I'm a Senior Product Manager in BBC News looking after the News site.
Today I'd like to tell you about some changes on both the existing and responsive versions of the News website that you may notice over the next week or two related to the rollout of our responsive website.Beta - responsive site in desktop view Existing site in desktop view
Over the next couple of weeks we'll be showing a selection of our audience a more prominent option to view the responsive 'beta' site on tablet and desktops - In the UK, around 5-10% of the audience...
Thursday 27 February 2014, 11:47
I am David Marland, Technical Development Lead for bbc.co.uk/programmes.
Since October 2007 /programmes has been a continuous rolling archive detailing BBC Programme information for TV and Radio. The central BBC programmes data store (PIPs) has accumulated over 1.6 million individual episodes and /programmes surfaces a page for every single one. This means a permanent URL and historical record, even after they have stopped being available to watch or listen. Some programmes have had special attention and have a complete archive going back even as far as 1942.
/programmes publishes a vast amount...
Thursday 27 February 2014, 11:14
I’m very happy to tell you that after 6 months of extensive work to improve many aspects of the service, the new version of the BBC Travel News product is returning again as a beta.
We’ll be iterating and gathering the feedback until the service has been fully developed and is meeting the expectations of its audience.
More information about the initial scope of the beta can be found in my earlier blog post.BBC Travel beta on three screens
The current improvements are mainly “behind the scenes”, but guarantee reliability and the highest quality of the data, that is ever so important...
Tuesday 25 February 2014, 08:30
Hi I’m Henny Swan and I work in the Accessibility team which is part of BBC Future Media. We provide tools, training, and support to teams within the BBC so that they can deliver web content and applications that are accessible to disabled audiences.
In June last year we published a draft of the BBC Mobile Accessibility Standards and Guidelines. Since then we've been listening to feedback, reviewing the standards and guidelines, and refining techniques so that today the standards can finally come out of draft. To help showcase techniques and best practices we have housed them in their own HTML...
Monday 24 February 2014, 11:48
I'd like to introduce you to a new project called #newsVANE.
The BBC is approaching a new challenge: In coming months and years, we will have a fast-growing abundance of content items tagged and interconnected by semantic web technology.
To give a sense of the scale involved, the BBC is broadcasting hundreds of hours of News every day, globally, in thirty languages, in TV, Radio, and web page formats. For every hour of material there are hundreds of topics mentioned, all of which can be...