37 posts about iPlayer on this blog
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.
Tuesday 11 March 2014, 09:30
The new iPlayer has been designed for a multiscreen world, so the experience is consistent, but optimised across PC, tablet, mobile and TV devices and we've built it in such a way that we can rapidly develop and release new features across those four screens.
Friday 14 February 2014, 15:49
The list of radio programmes you favourited in BBC iPlayer are stored in an old system we call “Dynamite”. A request to retrieve your favourites from Dynamite would not give a complete list, it would only return those programmes which are currently available to listen to.
Monday 27 January 2014, 08:35
This blog-post is based on my experience of testing in iPlayer Business Layer that is a RESTful API. Instead of telling the readers about the basic principles and mechanics of API testing, I want to talk about a very important aspect of automating API testing that is reading and verifying the response...
Tuesday 7 January 2014, 09:00
2013 truly proved to be the year of the tablet and after they were all unwrapped, Boxing Day saw tablet viewing overtake computer viewing for the first time in iPlayer history.
Friday 29 November 2013, 09:05
We specify very clearly what requirements we make of a new TV or device, referencing industry standards. We also have a compliance application that we make available to a manufacturer of a new device. The compliance application can be used to test different requirements independently.
Friday 25 October 2013, 12:39
The fact that BBC iPlayer app has now been downloaded more than 200 million times was reported by Metro (which has some nice infographics) and the Telegraph.
Monday 14 October 2013, 08:30
This usage pattern is ideally suited for delivery using elastic cloud compute so Video Factory has moved live processing into the cloud.
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, with an accompanying press release.
Thursday 26 September 2013, 15:01
Today, I'm pleased to announce the release of a new desktop downloads solution, BBC iPlayer Downloads , which aims to address the underlying cause of many of those issues.
Thursday 11 July 2013, 14:18
Today we have an Android development team that is almost 3 times the size of the iOS team
Wednesday 15 May 2013, 10:06
A couple of months ago, Cyrus Saihan announced that BBC iPlayer would be coming to Windows Phone [link to previous blog]. I’m now pleased to announce that that day has arrived and for the first time BBC iPlayer is available on Windows Phone 8 devices.
Friday 10 May 2013, 13:23
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