BBC Online Briefing Spring 2013: Delivering to Connected TV and The TV Application Layer

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At our BBC Online Briefing event in Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House, Paul Caporn and I presented the recently open sourced TV Application Layer which provides the platform for the BBC’s Connected TV strategy.

Following the presentations we had a Q&A session. Here's the film:

Delivering Connected TV: The TV Application Layer


Peter Lasko is is a technical product manager, BBC Future Media TV and Mobile Platforms.


Delegates reaction to the TAL session:

@WunderRoot: The BBC has released the TV Application layer that powers iPlayer etc: fmtvp.github.io/tal/ #bbconline

‏@JamesCridland: Impressive seeing BBC open their TV Application Layer. Should encourage better connected TV apps. http://fmtvp.github.io/tal/getting-started/introducing-tal.html

@thoswarner: #bbconline great insight into the BBC TV application layer @TALOpenSource. Write your own iPlayer anyone?

You can read more from Peter about the TAL Application Layer on his previous blog post.

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by Babu

    on 3 Jun 2013 04:46

    I am going through the TAL to write application which can be used in multiple SmartTVs. Now I am trying to write an app for Samsung TV using TAL. The FAQ ( http://fmtvp.github.io/tal/faq.html ) says that we need to contact Samsung to get more information. The same question was posted in Samsung Development forum ( http://www.samsungdforum.com/SamsungDForum/ForumView/df3455b529adf7c4?forumID=47ff4a91c7977961 ). As per the reply in the Samsung Forum we need to be partner with Samsung to get their help. That doesn't seems to be very easy.

    1. Can you provide more information on how can we run the TAL on any devices say for example Samsung?

    2. It will be great if you can add these information into TAL web page itself.

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by WeeJames

    on 1 Jun 2013 19:51

    I've start playing about with TAL but have run into a couple of issues using some of the widgets where the documentation isn't that clear. Where's the best place to ask questions or get advice?

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by Alex Cockell

    on 1 Jun 2013 13:32

    So... let me get this straight. In time, I should see the TAL stack make it down onto my 2012 LG 550T telly, and I'll then have access to all the BBC apps? So then - for example, a big multi-window Glasto app is written for 2014 or 2015 - and I can then happily run it?

    And the TAL could be compiled onto different Linux distros etc eventually? And this independently of the BBC? So even something like a Raspberry Pi could run iPlayer?

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by Pete Lasko

    on 1 Jun 2013 06:30

    @BRC Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We are in contact with Samsung to try and resolve this.

  • Comment number 1. Posted by BRC

    on 30 May 2013 07:02

    Hello. I'm a consumer rather than a developer. I have a Samsung 40" D7000 connected TV. I think you are doing some great work and the BBC iplayer and News Apps (and all other apps) work faultlessly on my TV except the BBC Sport App. This worked fine until a few months ago. It still loads but when I try to access any of the content I get the message 'Content isn't available" I've contacted Samsung who say it's a known problem but to contact you. I've tried to contact you twice using your contact forms but have not had a reply. Jt seems to me that I can buy a TV for a £1000 because it has certain apps but if these cease to function then there is nothing I can do about it. I appreciate that developing the technology is important but it isn't fair to jettison applications for earlier TVs after such a short period of time. In my view customer service to existing users is as important as attracting new ones both for you and the customer.

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