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Friday 10 May 2013, 13:23

Eliza Kessler Eliza Kessler Content Producer

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Hi everyone time for another roundup of news about BBC Online.

The biggest story of the last fortnight has been an update to the iPlayer app for iPhones, iPod touch’s and iPads. Tom’s Hardware reported:

The BBC promises that this version (version 2.0.4) is 'more like a TV' with live BBC programs easier to find on the iPad thanks to a special 'On Now' section right next to 'Most Popular.' There's also the addition of Scottish Gaelic programs on BBC Alba and Airplay is more accessible. On top of these new features comes a whole range of bug fixes that should make the app more stable for those already using the app.”

iphone-604.jpg BBC iPlayer app on iPhone

While Pocket-lint commented:

In addition, sending video via AirPlay has been made more simple, with a new button added to the playback video itself. Tap it and it sends the stream to your Apple TV just like that - or another AirPlay device, if it's the audio you want to play out loud.”

Last week The Guardian reported on the delayed delivery of the BBCs tapeless archive, or Digital Media Initiative (DMI) causing glitches in the BBCs central London news room location New Broadcasting House. Expected to be an entirely ‘tape free’ environment, extra refrigerated room is now needed to store the necessary tapes for production:

A BBC spokeswoman admitted that there have been "some initial problems" but the BBC is "working with teams to make it better" and the project had not exceeded its total budget. She claimed the system being requested by BBC Sport would "link together" with DMI and said: "The BBC continually strives to be at the forefront of technology and innovation, from audience offerings like BBC iPlayer to digital production systems like DMI. “

However the Guardian went on to quote several disgruntled unnamed BBC sources and to query why BBC Sport had “decided to ask outside suppliers to tender to design its own digital video archive system at a cost of just £500,000 – a fraction of the millions spent on DMI.”

nbh.jpg BBC New Broadcasting House

Media UK this week explored the effectiveness of search on YouView, the connected TV platform combining on-demand services from a variety of broadcasters such as the BBC. It praised the service for providing an easy way of accessing BBC radio documentaries, and then observed:

There are no logos here for BBC Radio 2 or BBC Radio 4, which is a shame, and doesn't adequately convey what type of programme you might reasonably expect to find.”

Kieron Clifton, the BBC's controller of Future Media and Technology Strategy in an article for Ariel, asks how the BBC can ensure everyone can access the BBC's content in an increasingly complex digital world:

"We launched iPlayer on Christmas Day 2007 - at that time, 100% of its use was direct to audiences, over the open web... Here, in 2013, only 41% still is, and it's only going in one direction. We're now on 650 different devices. They are gate-kept by one platform operator or another device manufacturer. Rather than with the open internet, we need to beg, borrow or steal our prominence."

And finally blog comment of the fortnight goes to technical architect Mark Neves responding to the audience on his DNA Refactor blog post:

Hi Kai, "DNA" stands for "Douglas Noel Adams", i.e. the genius behind the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It was Douglas's company The Digital Village that began the h2g2 web site that formed the foundation of the DNA code base. For more information, follow the "Wikipedia" link at the end of the first paragraph of this blog post.

Have a great weekend!

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

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