49 posts about iPlayer on this blog
Tuesday 22 July 2014, 20:12
Our first priority was to restore the caching layer. The failure was a complex one (we’re still doing the forensics on it), and it has repeated a number of times. It was this failure that resulted in us switching the homepage to its emergency mode.
Tuesday 22 July 2014, 14:04
We have to take a pragmatic stance when triaging defects. Some may well be prioritised for fixing in the current or forthcoming release (which is great news) whilst others may not be deemed important enough for us to expend effort fixing (which is not so great).
Tuesday 15 July 2014, 09:13
The same elastic computing and cloud storage meant we could also remove all limits in content production for BBC iPlayer. We have doubled the total number of hours of video available and have increased the number of HD hours by almost 700%
Monday 7 July 2014, 17:48
I’m pleased to say that today sees the launch of the BBC’s first iPlayer Radio app for Windows Phone 8 users
Tuesday 10 June 2014, 11:09
The Children’s iPlayer websites are built using the same components and technology as the main version of iPlayer. This approach means that new functionality can be easily shared between the two, improving and enriching the experience for all iPlayer users.
Tuesday 3 June 2014, 10:56
Monday 2 June 2014, 11:04
The test team sat down and came up with four areas for the journeys to focus on. These were Playback, Categories & A-Z, TV Guide & Channel Schedules and the iPlayer Homepage, the individual Channel Homepages and the Search facility.
Wednesday 28 May 2014, 11:19
There have been times when as many as four different features were being worked on at the same time all hidden behind ‘flags’ in the code that prevented the end user from seeing them.
Tuesday 27 May 2014, 11:31
...we’ve overhauled the viewing experience, switching to an adaptive bitrate media player. This means those of you with poorer internet connections will still be able to watch content while those with faster connections will get the best playback quality available.
Wednesday 21 May 2014, 12:45
The technical team in Salford has been poring over memory dumps and performance monitors to reduce the unnecessary weight in the application and remove any memory leaks.
Friday 16 May 2014, 12:32
It’s been over 18 months since we launched this version of BBC iPlayer and I am pleased that we have been able to work with Sky to make some significant improvements to BBC iPlayer on the Sky+ HD platform.
Tuesday 13 May 2014, 07:15
Today, we are taking the new iPlayer out of preview and making it the default iPlayer experience on computers. This blog post is to share some of the key feedback themes from the preview period and share how we've already begun making changes in response to this feedback.
Tuesday 15 April 2014, 15:33
In response to public demand, instead of our previous policy of comprehensively testing specific devices before enabling downloads, we are now offering video downloads functionality by default to all Android devices running Ice Cream Sandwich or above.
Monday 7 April 2014, 08:35
For blind and low vision users, as well as some users with cognitive impairments, both the BBC iPlayer iOS and Android apps have labels on all the Chromecast buttons that can be read out.
Friday 4 April 2014, 08:35
We developed our Chromecast capability in partnership with Google. They provided us with their software development kit for us to integrate Chromecast connectivity into our iPlayer apps. We were also given some design rules to define how the cast experience was to work in use.
Thursday 27 March 2014, 15:34
This week we released an update to the BBC iPlayer Radio apps for Android and iOS as well as an improvement to the desktop iPlayer Radio console.
Wednesday 19 March 2014, 09:02
The BBC iPlayer app, in the case of these technologies, works not by physically streaming the content from your mobile to your TV, but by sending a message from your mobile to, for example, the Chromecast dongle to tell it to request a piece of content directly from a BBC server and play it on your TV...
Monday 17 March 2014, 11:34
There are around 1,200 hours of content available on BBC iPlayer at any one time... So exposing the breadth of content available, without getting in the way of those users who have come with something specific in mind, was a key consideration.
Thursday 13 March 2014, 10:41
Before we began work we already had a lot of data and user feedback about likes and dislikes with the existing iPlayer website. This was fed into the design process helping to shape wireframes and UX along with the BBC requirements of standards and guidelines.
Wednesday 12 March 2014, 09:59
We are currently offering users a preview of the new version of BBC iPlayer for big-screen devices. If the preview is available for your TV device (see list below), you will see a new link at the bottom of the screen inviting you to try out a new version.
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