The live, interactive video player combines HD video with cutting edge data to enhance your viewing

I want to tell you about a new live interactive video player that the BBC is launching for this summer's Olympics.

We rolled it out fully today after a period in beta testing when we were able to assess its performance and get your feedback.

As product manager for this player, I've been defining exactly how the finished product should function and what it should look like, working with colleagues from editorial, design and technical teams.

One of the main impetuses behind the project is the incredible video rights package that the BBC holds for London 2012.

The BBC is the sole rights holder for the Olympics in the UK and we are able to offer users live video from every venue on every day of the Games.

That means up to 24 different streams of live sporting action at any one time.

So we wanted to take this opportunity to build a video player that would offer the best possible desktop video viewing experience to do justice to that incredible breadth of live content and would also provide a lasting legacy to BBC Online and our audiences in the years to come.

That means making the video available in high definition and then enhancing it with some extra functionality that in terms of added choice, rivals anything you would have experienced before while watching sport on your TV.

The key features in the new player are:

• Every sport available live and on demand in HD quality on every day of the Games
• Easy switching between up to 24 live streams at any time
• The ability to pause and rewind live video or jump straight to key moments you may have missed by using chapter markers (eg the Men's 100m final)
• Alerts for the key events that have happened or are coming up so you don't miss the moments that matter to you
• Extra facts and info on the sports and competitors you are watching alongside the video

The video player combines the video with the associated data that is available to us, creating a much richer experience for our audiences. The types of information and data provided includes:

Olympics Live: worried you'll miss something happening at another Olympic venue? Olympics Live alerts viewers to interesting moments happening live across the 24 simultaneous streams, making sure you don't miss any key action

Athletes: discover more about the individual athletes, including information on their performance and previous times, while you watch

Sports guides: wonder how a specific sport works? This feature gives you the info about the individual sports, with five key facts offered for every discipline

Match stats: key real-time statistics about the event


Where we are able to show athlete performance data, the key thing is that we synchronise the data and video together so that you always see the stats appropriate for the point in the video that you are watching.

So if you decide to watch a video from the start, we won't give you the results from the end. And if you are watching live, we won't show the result of the Men's 100m before you've had a chance to watch it!

You may already have had a sneak preview of the video player as we've been trialling a beta version on recent events including Formula 1 and Euro 2012.

Today we took the decision to separate Sport's live text commentary page and the video player in order to make sure it is fully tested at load before the Olympics kick off.

For now you will be able to watch in HD quality once the bit rate ramps up, pause or rewind the live action or jump to chapters using the buttons below the timeline.

And by clicking in the top left hand corner you can choose from any of the streams we're offering for Wimbledon, the Euros or our other events on the BBC.

You can watch our video player on your desktop computer and certain tablets that support Flash. On mobiles and iPads you will be able to watch the video but without the extra functionality.

I'd really like to hear back from you about your experience of using the video player.

I'd be particularly interested if you have any problems with the performance of the player or the quality of the video you are seeing.

Alex Perry is Product Manager, Interactive Video Player, BBC News & Knowledge

Watch this video of Gary Lineker explaining the features of the interactive video player.

You must have a TV licence to watch live TV streamed on your computer. A 'live' TV programme is defined as a programme which is watched or recorded at the same time (or virtually the same time) as it is being broadcast.

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  • Comment number 89. Posted by DBOne

    on 9 Sept 2012 19:43

    @88 Can you give any examples of this?

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  • Comment number 88. Posted by dizt3mp3r

    on 9 Sept 2012 14:54

    No programmes at all should be solely displayed in HD, there must ALWAYS be a standard definition version available. People who, like myself, live in the country who cannot obtain nor afford a high bandwidth connection cannot watch any HD programmes at all. I am disappointed that it is not completely obvious to the BBC that they should always provide a lower definition service. Come on, think!

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  • Comment number 87. Posted by maha khan

    on 14 Aug 2012 23:18

    i am very thankful to bbc for the complete coverage of london olympics..i just pick that bbc is covering this olympics from foreign news journal

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  • Comment number 86. Posted by Jules

    on 6 Aug 2012 17:58

    After my comments #60 & 61 just wanted to say I have been watching on my laptop live & various feeds & it has been brilliant. The picture quality sublime.
    So thank you very much.

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  • Comment number 85. Posted by Kenny

    on 5 Aug 2012 08:39

    I have a couple of comments:-

    1. I can't seem to find the function to rewind. WHat I want to be able to do is rewind sometimes only a few seconds to see an important bit again. The yellow time bar is very clumsy and as soon as you click on the white position button it jumps ahead and then it takes ages to find the correct position again. I would like rewind and fast forward buttons where i can see what is changing on screen which would help me find the exact position that i want to replay from.

    2. Finding content for a previous day is not easy. The only way seems to be is to start playing something and then use the More Video button to search for it. I would rather have the ability to locate what I want to watch before starting the player.

    Otherwise it is a good step forward.

    Kenny

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  • Comment number 84. Posted by Ian McDonald

    on 30 Jul 2012 10:29

    @Captain

    The link is at the top of the article, but is:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live-video

  • Comment number 83. Posted by Captain

    on 29 Jul 2012 13:56

    I just wish I could find the link so that I can get the service.

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  • Comment number 82. Posted by cliveeta

    on 26 Jul 2012 18:20

    At least you lot are getting something, all I get is 'not available in your area'!
    Obviously BBC does not have exclusive rights, someone in my country does!
    I'll have to go to one of those dubious web-sites which live stream a bootleg feed. Sounds like the pic quality will be better.

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  • Comment number 81. Posted by peter morgan

    on 26 Jul 2012 11:44

    Can anyone tell me, will I be able to watch the BBC coverage on my laptop via an internet link in a campsite in Bavaria?

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  • Comment number 80. Posted by WilsonBurrows

    on 25 Jul 2012 07:33

    Hi!

    Is this player available for Ubuntu Linux?

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