Friday 11 October 2013, 08:30
Tony Hall's speech on "Where Next?" for the BBC on Tuesday was largely reported neutrally, with most mainstream media opting for straight forward summaries. The whole speech can be watched on the About The BBC website.
For analysis and comment, Steve Hewlett in the Guardian on the Sunday before the speech asserted: "Tony Hall's digital vision could cloud BBC licence fee's future". Steve's argument was debated and debunked in comments.
Decipher Agency in a blog post called "Tony Hall’s Vision For The BBC Re-Interpreted" disagree with the vision for BBC iPlayer in the speech and made this point:
"...it raises the question again of which point in the value chain is best set up to deliver personalisation. It has been shown time and again, that the best place to deliver this is at platform level – ie one stage further up the value chain than where the BBC sits."Zane Lowe at the BBC Playlister launch. Taken from the @bbcplayerlister twitter stream.
Other interesting headlines around Playlister include:
"BBC plays down fears of exposure to explicit material through Playlister" from The Guardian.
"How BBC Playlister will curate the nation's musical tastes" from The Telegraph.
The Independent's story includes this quote from Bob Shennan, Controller of BBC Radio 2:
"We are not offering the club card mentality. But we are living in a world where a lot of our audience expects us to know who they are. They live in a world where they expect to sign in but it’s really important that what they get from the BBC is an enhanced service rather than exploitation"
The Register tentatively welcomes Playlister:
"Yet even in its crude version 1.0 incarnation, PlayLister brings some welcome integration to music fans. It seems absurd in the internet era that discovery and "fulfillment" (aka actually listening to the song or buying it) are so poorly integrated: radio and third-party music services live in separate worlds."
Elsewhere David Berlin has left a comment on his blog post with an update on BBC iPlayer downloads on Android devices:
"We have found that some brand new high powered popular devices can only receive streams to a certain level, or that video downloads bugs can cause cyclical crashes and device hard resets, rendering the BBC iPlayer app useless thereafter and the device temporarily paralyzed. These are not your usual basic bugs and such severe behavior is not acceptable to the BBC. This is why we’ve adopted the strategy of whitelisting devices."
Five more Android devices now have support for BBC iPlayer downloads. The full list is on the iPlayer help pages.
On the BBC College of Production website interactive producer Alex Hudson describes how social media has changed BBC Question Time.
While Digital Annex blogged their experiences at the Connected Studio in Glasgow:
"While not quite a hack day, BBC Connected Studio invites technologists, creatives, writers and planners to bring solutions to often complicated problems and, although we were there to bring ideas, we walked away having learnt more than we could have expected"
Have a nice weekend!
Nick Reynolds is Editor, BBC Internet blog
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