Interesting Stuff 2009-03-03
Jemima Kiss has published the latest in the series of 'BBC Builders' articles. Each piece looks at someone behind the scenes in technology. Simon Cross (right) explains his work at Future Media & Technology:
"[Anthony Rose] treats my team like a small startup in which he's 'invested some capital', lets us be creative and innovate, while guiding us and fighting political battles on our behalf. In return, we have to work extremely hard and deliver releases of our products every two weeks. It's a clever way of having teams which can innovate and move quickly, while being part of a large, slower, more cautious organisation."
This sounds like a fantastic project, which could potentially bring online video into the mainstream and onto the televisions in millions of British homes. This makes Project Kangaroo look quite insignificant in comparison.
But before all that happens, TechCrunch has a round up of seven new features that are coming to the existing BBC iPlayer.
What Satellite & Digital TV has a round up too, and considers the new recommendation system:
iPlayer will enable you to share your viewing experience with your MSN messenger contacts. A new set of tabs at the top of the page will show which programmes your friends have been watching, and how you rated them. You can also send an alert to your friends each time you watch a new programme. So your friends and family can find out just what you think of Dawn Goes Lesbian. [We] can see a possible flaw in this plan.
According to this in-depth post, the version of BBC iPlayer accessible through Virgin Media isn't actually iPlayer at all. In the blogger's words:
[T]he TV iPlayer is not connected to the internet or to the main iPlayer servers or content network. The iPlayer branded menus merely point back at the same episode of Cash in the Attic on the Virgin servers that the Virgin branded screens do. Once you start playing the video, the Virgin VOD controls take over. This means that none of the presentation twists or web functionality that we have come to expect from the web iPlayer exist on the Virgin service."
On the BBCi Labs blog, Simon Lumb explains the reasons behind some of the audio problems some have been having with the Sport Multiscreen.
Did you know U2 have a new album out? Of course you did. The BBC's Jon Jacob reflects on the coverage:
U2 even have their own BBC website featuring all the exclusive content the Corporation's Audio and Music department has produced. With my pseudo-geek multiplatform webbie type hat on, I can confirm it's a tasty design and a well executed web offering. It feels right for the event. It ticks all the right boxes any web producer has to face on a daily basis at the BBC. It is, in short, the kind of project I wished I'd worked on despite the fact that I loathe U2."
If you want a quick snapshot of plenty of content on the BBC News site, take a look at Alltop, which now has a BBC section.
Dave Lee is co-editor, BBC Internet blog, BBC Online, BBC Future Media & Technology.