Round up: Tuesday 27 October 2009
The BBC Trust's rejection of the Open iPlayer appears to have fuelled speculation about where the iPlayer's future lies. BBC Worldwide have been talking about a global pay iPlayer that could also feature Channel 4 content alongside the BBC. The managing director of BBC.com is quoted as saying:
"Millions of people love Torchwood and would probably pay 10 bucks an episode rather than two bucks."Over at online community Oh no they didn't most of the comments, well the repeatable ones anyway, were along the lines of "Oh no we won't".
(Editor's update, 28 October 2009: Just received this from a 'spokeswoman at BBC Worldwide' in response to the various stories, like the one above, about potential international VOD services from the BBC:
"The press coverage this story has generated over the past few days has not been reflective of where we are in the process - any paid for VOD content service on BBC.com is very much an aspiration for BBCWW and one that would need to be approved by the BBC Trust. Any service would be developed on a territory by territory basis to complement our successful Channels and TV sales businesses around the world.")
"I struggled to understand any of Eric Huggers' attempt to justify why people abroad should be allowed to access iPlayer free of charge..."Shortly afterwards the blog received a clarification on the BBC's position from Erik's office re iPlayer use abroad:
"...we simply cannot fund the potentially huge cost of iPlayer TV streaming outside the UK..."
That kind of success at getting a swift response surely means a job at Feedback beckons for Russ.
The Internet blog got a look in with a post on the future of the iPlayer regarding syndication. Some of you have already left some questions and ideas of where you'd like to see it go and we're rounding them up and hoping for a response from the iPlayer people in the near future.
Speaking of syndication (see what I did there?) Paidcontent revealed the BBC's plans to syndicate unsigned bands to online services like Spotify.
Across the spectrum of BBC blogs there's been a high level of dissatisfaction about the closure of Red Button interactive streams. The Sport Editors' blog reiterates that the changes only affect Freeview. Having perhaps accepted that the changes are irreversible comments have turned to which channels and services should be sacrificed. Commenter groovyccb121 suggests putting the snooker on BBC Parliament when it's in recess. I like the image of the mistaken tax-payer outraged at finding snooker playing MPs on their telly.
What is it with the BBC and Linux? The usual story is BBC person makes Linux gaffe, gets sent laptop with Ubuntu, makes some positive comments and everyone's happy again. So how exactly does BBC tech correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones answer his own question:
"So would I actively seek to install Ubuntu or any other Linux variant on a machine I already owned?"Find out on dot.life.
And finally, the current post dealing with HD PQ has 812 comments, and the big news is the publication on the web of the response regular user paul_geaton had received to his Freedom of Information request to the BBC.
"The FOI emails revealed that the BBC is using Grass Valley encoders for BBC HD."
(Ed's note: Before anyone asks the picture is from the BBC German Language Service:12/06/1964 and shows Guenther Bardelang describing to listeners the control room at Barclays Bank Computer Centre in London. It is not, sadly, BBC Internet blog towers.)
Paul Murphy is the Editor of the Internet blog.