BBC Sport on Mobile

Thursday 14 June 2012, 12:45

Lucie Mclean Lucie Mclean Executive Product Manager

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Sport video mocked up on two iPhones - the list of videos and a single video of a tennis match playing.

A dedicated video index displays the live video available on the BBC Sport mobile website

Hello - I'm Lucie Mclean, senior product manager in BBC Future Media and responsible for BBC Sport services on mobile devices.

During this first full week of Euro 2012 games, we've been testing some exciting new ways to enjoy the football, which I'm delighted to unveil to you all today.

Ahead of England's clash with Sweden tomorrow, you can now watch all the Euro 2012 matches broadcast by the BBC directly on your mobile - live, and on demand, as well as highlights from all games. And that video will be available on 3G and wifi, so you can keep up and catch up with all the action wherever you are.

You can access the video through the existing BBC Sport website via your mobile or tablet, or via the new mobile-optimised sport homepage

Video is available in the UK on iPhones and iPod touches with iOS 5.0 and above, on the iPad and on Android devices with OS 2.2 and above.

Audience research shows that users are increasingly looking to the web on the go, getting the content they want when, and where, they want it. Huge numbers of people already enjoy live and demand video on their desktop, at home or office, and text and data services on their mobile. By offering video across mobile devices we aim to give sport fans the complete picture wherever they are.

We have also redesigned the Sport homepage on mobile devices, in part to showcase the new video, but also to bring in line with the BBC Sport website's new-look launched in February.

This new design provides easy access to the latest news, live scores and results plus all the new live and on demand video now available. It has been developed using an approach called 'responsive design', adapting to your mobile phone's screen size and capabilities. Responsive design enables us to efficiently deliver appropriate experiences to the huge (and growing) range of devices. My colleague, Chris Russell, Head of Product for News, explains more about responsive design at the BBC here.

These new features are part of our overall strategy to offer the best BBC Sport content across four screens and ensure audiences never miss a moment of big sporting events.

And Euro 2012 is just the start of a unique summer of Sport on the BBC. We'll be bringing you Wimbledon, F1 (including the British GP from Silverstone), the Open Golf and of course the Olympics, all available live and on demand on your mobile device.

Our mobile Olympics service will include up to 24 live video streams, detailed schedule and results and also access via BBC Sport Olympic apps on iOS and Android.

And post-Games we'll be making further responsive improvements to the Sport mobile site, together with the launch of a BBC Sport app.

Delivering live and on demand video across a range of tablets and mobiles is complicated, and there are instances where we still have a few bugs to iron out. We have taken the decision to get these services out to you now so that they can start to use and enjoy them, but also so we can listen, learn and improve them. Please do send us your thoughts and feedback - it will play a crucial role in how we continue to improve. You can send feedback to mobile@bbc.co.uk or comment below.

Lucie Mclean is Senior Development Producer Product Manager, Mobile Sport and 2012, BBC Future Media (corrected 14 Jun)

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    Any chance of support for Windows Phone?

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    Is it possible the BBC will have this service for BlackBerry in the future?

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    Windows Phone support please!

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    I tried the BBC football feed last night on my galaxy note - fantastic! It was through wifi and was very watchable, unlike every other football game I've tried to watch on a mopbile device.

    Could you sell this to ITV quickly....? Tried to watch theirs the other day, not a hope.

    Thank you BBC.

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    Comment number 5.

    Another call for Windows Phone support please (and for the iPlayer)

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    Windows Phone support please!

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    Comment number 7.

    As a license payer I demand Windows Phone support. All programming made and aired by the BBC is ubiquitous to license payers, therefore, so should ALL content through all digital channels be available to all.

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    Comment number 8.

    I was already watching all the football live using the bbc Iplayer app. not really i huge revelation

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    Comment number 9.

    I'm sure it's a great product, so congratulations to the development team. Please develop support for Windows Phone! Thanks.

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    Comment number 10.

    there is a problem with this - the BBC seems intent on gradually getting rid of all its live sports coverage...

    and anyway how many people really want to watch the England Euro 2012 match on their phone????

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    Ditto the Windows Phone Support.

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    Comment number 12.

    support for windows mobile/phone will probably be down to microsoft. If the web browser on windows phone does not support this there is little the bbc can do

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    Comment number 13.

    Can someone explain what technology is behind this? If I access it via Windows Phone it says 'you have to have to correct version of flash player'. It used to say this on my iPad, and now it works. I assumed the videos are HTML5 now? And if so, what's stopping it from working on Windows Phone?

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    Comment number 14.

    Want to watch the football (or any live sport .. or any program for that matter) on terrestrial TV on your phone .... Windows or whatever ?

    Just use http://www.tvcatchup.com/ - it's been there for ever & works great.

    Simples.

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    Comment number 15.

    Re Posts 12 and 13. The BBC has to develop software to make it work with Windows Phone. Post 12 is incorrect - it has nothing to do with Microsoft. The problem is that the BBC is clearly a little biased towards Apple and Google.

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    Comment number 16.

    It's great to see I'm not the only one wanting Windows Phone support!

    But it's worth waiting to see what Microsoft's plans are for Windows Phone 8. They'll be completely changing the development platform, and there's no point developing two apps.

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    Comment number 17.

    Good point Josh. Hopefully more people will begin to realise that Windows Phone is far superior to iPhone and Android. Or it might go the same way as Betamax video!

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    Comment number 18.

    windows phone support please. via an app or through the mobile. silverlight is not a new or mystical technology.

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    Comment number 19.

    I must admit on the iphone this looks really good and so much better than the old site.
    The pages are rather long but I suppose it has to squeeze in the normal website content, whose front page is way too long each day.
    Like the menu part at the top, will be good when all the other bbc sites use this, tried a few and just got the old mobile site, yuk!
    One thing, its a a pain having to refresh all the time and wait for it to refresh the timeline on sportsday. Can that be made automatic like it was in the past.
    This is one thing I hate on the main website and Ive given up with it as its just making what was a rolling live update ticker now a crawl.
    Oh and please move away from using flash video so mobile devices can see the video, some video on the sports website works some doesn't, so its possible for you so why the mixture.
    Will have to wait for the sweden footie match tomorrow to test the live video on ipad and iphone.

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    Comment number 20.

    About time there was support for Windows Phone - in fact, that should be support for non-flash. Adobe announced they would stop development of Flash for mobile devices in November 2011. Not exactly news but what it means is no BBC video content anywhere on the website will run on any Windows Phone from 7.1 upward. Microsoft blame Adobe and the BBC are choosing to support only 2 of the 3 global phone standards. As posted before, Silverlight is not exactly new and html5 is how it's all going to work in future so this refusal to do anything about Windows Phone and BBC content is massively frustrating for Windows Phone users caught between three monoliths not talking to each other! Given the amount of contact between Microsoft and BBC it's a bit baffling / bloody disgrace (delete according to your opinion).

 

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