Round up: Tuesday 6 July 2010
When David Madden blogged that the iPlayer was now available on certain Google Android devices in June there was a discussion in comments which referred to (among other things) an unsupported third party app called beebPlayer.
Dave Johnston who made beebPlayer has now clarified a few points, in a post on his own blog: "Beebplayer's secret sauce". Here's some extracts:
The new iPlayer site does a much better job at providing a good experience for Android users than beebPlayer ever could have - not only are the streams it uses designed specifically for Android phones, but because of this they're higher quality and less likely to break at the merest sign of a lost bit or byte... The fact the new site is limited to Flash-enabled devices is a sore-spot, but I can understand this requirement and its benefits, as well as its current and future limitations. RTSP (mobile/beebPlayer) isn't exactly an ideal alternative if you have a level of service you wish to maintain, something RTMP (Flash) is far better at providing, especially across multiple different platforms... Despite what many people assumed, beebPlayer did not use the higher-quality iPhone MP4 streams - which are simply not quite compatible with Android (but only by a whisker - while Android phones are easily capable of playing the streams, they just don't quite understand the QuickTime container used.)
Last week paidContent revealed via a Freedom of Information request; "BBC iPlayer Costs At Least £5.2 Million A Year"
When asked what the priorities for Canvas were now that it had been given the go ahead by the BBC Trust, Rose said: "The priority for Canvas is to start building the sucker."
paidContent has read the BBC's Annual Report: "BBC Websites Cost Users £0.67 Per Month".
Years of work by oxygen-starved BBC minions working in digital bunkers have resulted in the details of every single Prom ever performed - all 7,168 of them since Henry Wood first brought his baton down on a promenade concert in 1895 - being available now for your anorak-clad pleasure. At the click of a mouse, you can instantly discover the dates, times, soloists, conductors of the seven performances so far of Mahler's Eighth Symphony...
Nick Reynolds (pictured above in his 'digital bunker') is Social Media Executive, BBC Online.