58 posts about iPlayer on this blog
Wednesday 17 December 2014, 14:57
After listening to people using our existing phone app, we know listeners expect a tailored BBC iPlayer Radio app that makes the most out of both the capabilities of and the way that they use their tablet.
Thursday 4 December 2014, 15:00
One challenge we had with this approach is that some programme titles are very long and are often shortened in the UI.
Thursday 4 December 2014, 14:59
One addition that was required to support this was a new mechanism to allow navigation through the menus. The 'Next Page' buttons were added to show the next set of items in a menu, where previously it was only possible to scroll through the items one at a time via the navigation keys.
Thursday 4 December 2014, 14:53
You don’t need an Xbox Live Gold Account for BBC iPlayer.
Wednesday 26 November 2014, 14:16
One of the problems we have been facing at BBC iPlayer for a long time is the way we approach documenting the features included in the project and our test strategy. There is no silver bullet here, as it's hard to find a solution that is fast, accurate, stable, and that works for developers, developers...
Tuesday 11 November 2014, 13:56
“BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers” was the Register’s colourful headline about the decision to switch off BBC iPlayer RSS feeds.
Wednesday 8 October 2014, 10:58
Why did we move iPad radio users from an app optimised for the device to a phone based app?
Sunday 5 October 2014, 23:01
Friday 8 August 2014, 06:24
We are looking to migrate the majority of all existing devices with BBC iPlayer to the new version. However, with BBC iPlayer now available on over 1,200 devices, this is a major task and will take a bit of time. Today, I am happy to announce the next wave of devices is ready to go.
Tuesday 22 July 2014, 20:12
We have a system comprising 58 application servers and 10 database servers that provides programme and clip metadata. This data powers various BBC iPlayer applications for the devices that we support (which is over 1200 and counting) as well as modules of programme information and clips on many sites...
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.
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