Round up: Thursday 7 January 2010
Welcome back after the Christmas and New Year break.
We've been sloganeering up at Blog Towers and today's is "Never let the snow get in the way of a good story" which leads neatly into the first round up of the year.
Escaping the snow for the desert the BBC Blue Room finds itself relocated for CES, the humungous Consumer Electronics Show. Contradicting the slogan "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" you can find the Blue Room sharing slightly breathless tweets and pictures on the latest gadgetry due to hit the shelves this year on their Twitter stream.
On Christmas Day Which? published their report into picture quality on BBC HD with the headline finding that quality is as good as it was before the changes in encoders and bit rates. In a follow-up item on Radio 4's You and Yours, Matthew Bath, technology editor of Which? described how the blind tests were carried out and their findings in more detail. You can hear You and Yours on the iPlayer for the next six days and the item starts around 14'47.
"For example, a year or two ago, we may have thought about BBC iPlayer as cool and future media. In reality, it's become just standard BBC as far as our audience is concerned and so they expect it to be available, up to date and work across whatever link they're using it on."
It's worth reading the interview in tandem with Silicon.com's The six BBC tech projects to watch for an insight where the future lies. Not least because as well as looking at the big beasts like Canvas and iPlayer the piece spotlights significant developments like the semantic web and the BBC's archive projects.
And finally, giving the last word to Erik Huggers, there was a short Q&A in the Christmas edition of Radio Times with the BBC's Director of Future Media & Technology. Sadly this is not available to read online, only in the print edition of the RT. So here's a taster quote from Erik in response to a question "What access to BBC programmes is offered to viewers and listeners beyond these shores?":
"TV programmes are not available outside the UK. In most cases we only have rights to distribute the programmes in the UK - and sometimes BBC Worldwide sells content abroad, generating money for us to re-invest in programming. Also we simply can't justify the costs of TV screening outside the UK . We can make radio content available worldwide because those rights restrictions don't exist, the cost is minimal and the commercial potential is more limited."
Paul Murphy is the Editor of the Internet blog. The picture is the view from the fifth floor of Blog Towers.