Archives for January 2013
As Chris Newell and I described in this blog post, we've currently working on ViSTA-TV, an EU collaborative project about real-time audience data. Our role is twofold - along with project partner Zattoo we provide a data source, and also create applications that use the outputs of the project. Our approach is to think about how real-time data might benefit our audiences and also BBC programme makers, and then develop some initial application ideas and prototypes from those discussions.
In BBC Research and Development, we have a strong history of taking part in industry wide conferences – be it large events like the IBC and the NAB, or smaller, more focussed events grouped around specific technologies. These complement the BBC's long tradition of open debate led by industry thinkers, which manifests itself most strongly with the Reith Lectures (but also sees our executives speaking at events such as the Edinburgh TV Festival, MIPTV and so on).
Building on this legacy, I’m delighted that we are today launching BBC R&D’s In Session series – a new, curated series of video interviews that explore the key engineering issues defining the future of broadcasting and content distribution.
Matthew Postgate on stage at the R&D In Session event
In a day-long event at the BBC’s Radio Theatre in New Broadcasting House, chaired by BBC News correspondent Nick Higham, we staged and filmed seven lectures and interviews that aimed to ask where broadcasting is heading from a technological and societal point of view. The lectures were loosely grouped around storytelling and the year 2020, were kept deliberately open to encourage debate.
Today, we are publishing these lectures and interviews online to allow them to be viewed by an audience who weren't present, and to encourage debate, spark ideas, inspire collaboration, and help us gauge what viewers and listeners think about some of the topics discussed on the day.