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Paul Murphy Paul Murphy | 11:30 UK time, Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Welcome to the BBC Internet BlogThe 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.")

Last week's Round up mentioned that BBC online boss Erik Huggers was appearing on R4's Feedback. Huggers' radio performance led Internet blog regular Russ to open his comment thus:

"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."

All very Harry Palmer. One day there'll be a book written about 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.


  • Comment number 1.

    On the subject of the sports blogs Paul, can someone please twist a few arms and get the blogs (and in particular this one) either reactively moderated or someone actually modding them, 24hrs plus moderation times is unacceptable, especially on topical issues!

  • Comment number 2.

    Why doesn't the BBC make the TV licence pay able to those around the world and each licence could have a number in which customer have to put in order to watch a programme by doing this they could fund for the extra traffic.

    Just a thought, Keep up the good work!

    ohhh what happened to R&DTV?


  • Comment number 3.

    "That kind of success at getting a swift response surely means a job at Feedback beckons for Russ."

    Ooooh, the 'Roger and Russ' show? Hmmm, yes, I like the sound of that - s'got a good ring to it.

    Go on then, make me a beckoning offer I can't refuse...

    (and why hasn't that reprobate Reynolds given us some decent smilies here in blogland?)


  • Comment number 4.

    ... and still we await the transmitter by transmitter Freeview HD service date rollout plans to be announced OFFICIALLY by the BBC / Freeview (not generic announcements)

    i.e for avoidance of doubt What precise date will FV HD be available from Redruth, Helston, Isles of Scilly etc.

  • Comment number 5.

    #4. At 4:36pm on 27 Oct 2009, ChrisCornwall wrote:

    "i.e for avoidance of doubt What precise date will FV HD be available from Redruth, Helston, Isles of Scilly etc. "

    Never, I hope, or at least until the broadcasters are allowed to use the old analogue spectrum post DSO completion for HD - until then HD belongs on DVB-S or cable.

  • Comment number 6.

    @ Paul Murphy

    The BBC is right to block free use of the iPlayer technology, BBC Worldwide could charge a fee for the use of the technology for other broadcasters to use it. Even a fraction of a penny per show streamed would create millions of revenue for future investing in new BBC technology.

    The BBC.com MD is wrong to suggest $10 per would be acceptable when amazon.com sells the Blu-Ray editions of Torchwood for an average of $4.50 per episode.
    Why would someone pay $10 for a digital download to watch once on a PC or TV screen when they can own a Blu-Ray copy and have unlimited chances to view those episodes?

    There is certainly scope to launch a subscription and ppv based BBC service though while also promoting BBC channels avaliable in a particular region of the World.

  • Comment number 7.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 8.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 9.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?


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