Round up, Monday 22 March, 2010: "One Million Downloads!"
The Guardian reports that the OFT, having received a submission from the venture, will be looking at Project Canvas:
"The Office of Fair Trading is to examine Project Canvas, the video-on-demand service backed by the BBC and others, giving critics including BSkyB and Virgin Media a chance to submit their concerns to competition authorities for the first time."
Meanwhile the Project Canvas website reveals that Arqiva have become a partner in Canvas. Remember Arqiva? They're the ones who bought Project Kangaroo (now SeeSaw) when that venture was blocked by the Competition Commission.
The Guardian's Media Talk podcast hosted by Matt Wells and "performing monkey" (her words) Emily Bell has an interview with "BBC Internet overlord Erik Huggers" (Wells's words) and an analysis of his speech at last week's Guardian's Changing media Conference. After Erik's piece there's some interesting comments about the BBC's Strategy Review from Emily Bell so keep listening. Wells's other memorable quote (from Twitter):
"Mad thought... Eric (sic) Huggers for next BBC director general?"
For BBC watchers who didn't make it to the conference there's an audio recording of the Social media panel courtesy of @russellphoto featuring BBC online Controller Seetha Kumar (details of the rest of the panel are somewhere in this PDF).
Going against the general trend by not demanding that the BBC cut its services, Paidcontent reports that Pact (the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television) is urging the Beeb not to downsize its website. The reasoning is simple:
"The BBC must commission a quarter of its online work from external suppliers, so Pact members are concerned at loss of work."
The Press Red blog reports that there have been over one million
iPlayer views on the Nintendo Wii downloads of the iPlayer Wii channel. (Ed's update: my error, now corrected.) There's also been a software upgrade that introduces new features like the Resume Playback function:
"You can now resume watching partially viewed programmes from the point you were watching previously, like you can on the web version of BBC iPlayer. Plus we have added a list of your previously watched programmes. You can see that in action within the improved home page."
Phil Bradley bemoans the "sad state of BBC search" on his weblog ("Where librarians and the internet meet: internet searching, Web 2.0 resources, search engines and their development") which has prompted a response from BBC Search's very own Matt McDonnell.
On The Editors Steve Hermann is asking for your feedback on how BBC news should link to external sources.
Paul Murphy is the Editor of the Internet blog.