BBC News for connected TV launches
I wrote here a few months ago about some of the things we were working on to develop BBC News online. Amongst these, I mentioned our ambition to combine the on-demand flexibility of online news with the viewing experience of TV, as the number of internet-enabled TV sets grows.
After several months of editorial thinking, design and technical development, today we are launching a BBC News product for connected TVs. The product will initially be made available on the Samsung platform and will be rolled out to other devices in the UK over time. BBC Worldwide will also launch an international version of the product which will be advertising supported.
The BBC News product for connected TV will deliver a series of video news packages which you can select and play via the remote control. You can also choose from a wider range of news stories in text from BBC News online. The video packages are selected by our On Demand audio and video team in the BBC Newsroom, based on the wealth of video journalism already produced by our TV News and Newsgathering teams in the UK and around the world.
This evolution of online news from desktop to living room TV screen draws on our editorial experience of producing earlier interactive predecessors on TV such as Ceefax, BBC Digital Text and BBC Red Button.
It is also part of the overall strategy for BBC Online, outlined at the beginning of this year, which focuses on a series of 10 "products" (one of which is BBC News), that are seen increasingly as "multiscreen" - working across website, mobile, tablet and increasingly internet-connected TV.
Steve Herrmann is editor of the BBC News website.