Interesting Stuff 2009-01-05
Happy New Year everybody!
It's time for resolutions. For most, it means more exercise, less cake -- but not Anthony Rose. He wants to:
Provide an 'adaptive bitrate' solution in BBC iPlayer so that no matter whether you have a 300Kbps 3G connection or a 50Mbps connection, BBC iPlayer will serve you the best quality video that your personal internet connection can sustain at that instant, including full HD streaming if possible. The video should never stutter or stop, and should smoothly adapt to changing bandwidth conditions. When we and others get this right, then IP-delivered TV will take a leap in quality, reliability and widespread uptake."
Those of you who are a part of the Backstage mailing list may have read about the confusing way some programmes are listed on the BBC website. Why, for example, does the Top of the Pops programme page say there are no episodes coming up? The TV programme, as we know, doesn't run anymore -- but on on the World Service, TOTP is still going strong. Jaime Tetlow, designer at BBC Future Media and Technology, explains:
Getting down to the nitty-gritty of our internal data structure we'd probably say that the International World Service 'Top of the Pops' and the BBC One 'Top of the Pops' ARE different programme 'brands' but belonging to the uber 'franchise' of 'Top of the Pops'... although we don't have 'franchise' in our data structure yet."
It would be the same for the 'franchise' Doctor Who and it's various incarnations: BBC One's 'Doctor Who', Radio 7's 'Doctor Who', BBC Three's 'Doctor Who Confidential' etc, etc..."
Today, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) have posted this clip of Newsnight economics editor Paul Mason. Paul is NUJ rep for the programme, and says that "pyjama bloggers" cannot replicate the peer review of a real newsroom:
Finally, Radio 3 has launched a group blog to conincide with Composer of the Year 2009. Jessica Duchen will be blogging about Mendellssohn, Denis McCaldin about Haydn, Rick Jones on Purcell and Suzanne Aspden is blogging about Handel.
Dave Lee is co-editor, BBC Internet blog, BBC Online, BBC Future Media & Technology.