Links: Microsoft and 90 years of BBC innovation

Friday 15 March 2013, 14:11

Eliza Kessler Eliza Kessler Content Producer

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Hi folks - here’s the fortnightly round-up of news about BBC Online.

The announcement of a new partnership between the BBC and Microsoft received lots of attention across blogs last week. As reported by Cnet:

You'll soon be able to watch catch-up and on-demand TV shows and films from Auntie Beeb on your Windows Phone phone, whether it's running Windows Phone 7.5 software -- like the Nokia Lumia 800 -- or Windows Phone 8 -- like the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8S. It's not technically an app, but a shortcut that gets its own coloured square, or live tile, leading directly to the iPlayer online player. The launch date is yet to be confirmed.”

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90 years of innovation at the BBC
Yesterday BBC Marketing unveiled their Innovations campaign which celebrates 90 years of innovation at the BBC with a timeline and this short film:

As The Drum reported, the cross-media campaign seeks to highlight that the BBC as an organisation is constantly innovating with a public purpose:

Using a combination of footage from the BBC archive, adapted and shot scenes as well as animation and CGI, the creative takes the viewer on a journey of broadcast, technological and creative advances from 1922 to the present day.”

The Guardian discussed the rapid growth of iPlayer viewing on tablets: 

BBC statistics for iPlayer viewing and listening have provided evidence of the impact of the so-called "tablet Christmas", with programme requests on devices such as Apple's iPad and Google's Nexus 7 almost doubling between November and January to 40m.”

CMU have reported on the decision to close the album reviews website and discuss what this means in the wider BBC Online context: 

music-1024.jpg The BBC Music Review site


The BBC has been quietly downsizing its online operations for sometime now. Partly to save money, and partly amidst pressure from commercial newspaper and magazine owners who argued that the BBC website that emerged in the early days of mainstream net usage, with large quantities of text-based features not directly linked to the Beeb’s TV or radio shows or the BBC News machine, took the Corporation outside its remit as a licence-fee funded broadcaster. The BBC’s online output is therefore increasingly directly linked to TV and radio output, and increasingly centres on audio and video rather than long-form written content. In this environment, the future of the BBC music reviews site had been uncertain for a while.”

Head of Digital Partnerships Bill Thompson gave this lunchtime lecture on Building an Open Digital Space at the Open Data Institute and discusses how the BBC could use and think about archive content in the future. 

Digital Spy has an interesting feature on the evolution of YouView:

YouView has had a very difficult birth and it's not out of the woods yet. Those sales figures need to start picking up, and the platform must truly convince consumers of its relevance in the same way that Freeview and Freesat have done. The fact original Project Canvas director Richard Halton has remained with the venture as chief executive will be an important factor in both those aims. But what we are beginning to see are the green-shoots of the platform that was initially heralded in the Canvas days; one that could quietly revolutionise the way the masses watch and consume TV.”

jonnyball-new-640.jpg Johnny Ball grasps the future in the BBC Innovation campaign


Finally, BBC R&D have announced the imminent closure of their current blog and the launch of their new website:

In the weeks to come you can look forward to a brand new R&D website, and within that a dedicated project updates feed, where we'll take all the content that we have hosted on this blog over the last three and a half years and integrate it with the project pages, departmental info, and the publications. All of this will have its own dedicated search function, independent of the wider BBC web search tool.”

You will be able to find out more about R&D’s new website on the Internet blog in the next few weeks.

That’s all for this week, have a great weekend and as ever please leave your comments below.

Eliza Kessler is the content producer on the BBC Internet blog.

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    Comment number 1.

    A question if I may. When are we likely to get official BBC apps for Windows 8 phones? There appears to be a few 'clones' that look like the BBC but in fact aren't and its frankly going to get somewhat confusing. The logos used in current apps purporting to be BBC are identical to logos the BBC use. Shouldn't this be stopped?
    Is there somewhere we can register to be notified when the BBC officially launch apps for Win 7/8 phones?
    Apologies if I've posted this in wrong place, doesn't appear to be anywhere else I can find that discus's apps for win phones.

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    Comment number 2.

    Actually, I'd like to ask the opposite question to the previous comment. If the BBC have showed no interest in developing their own Windows Phone app and someone else has done a very good one which says quite clearly that it's not an official app and they're not making any money from it (it's free, there's no ads with the app), why has the BBC told them to stop developing this and remove the app from the Windows Phone Marketplace? If they're not doing it themselves, why not let someone else cover it instead?

 

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