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Nick Reynolds Nick Reynolds | 10:30 UK time, Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Wired podcast this week features an interview with Daniel Danker about the "iPlayer's tablet future".

Daniel is also interviewed in Digital Spy. Quote from Daniel:

"If you go to BBC.co.uk on iPhone you get our web-based experience, and it's great, it's a really good experience... It's probably one of the best web experiences on mobile that I have seen. In that sense, it was just a matter of prioritisation... It was just about where we would have the biggest impact and it was judged that was iPad and Android."

From Media Guardian: "BBC iPlayer: catch-up TV starts sharing"

"We also know that iPlayer usage peaks at around 10pm - when Alan Carr and The Joy of Teen Sex boot up Channel 4, while the News at Ten quietens ITV down for the night. That said, the appetite for live streaming TV on the iPlayer is around a tenth of catch-up popularity... It's a significant move for the BBC, but its impact on fellow broadcasters remains pure theory."

Matt Deegan: "Success From Data":

"I was reminded of data partly because of a new innovation in the BBC's iPlayer. They're now linking out to the on-demand sections of ITV, C4, C5 and other broadcasters... At the moment we're knee-deep in UK Radio Player bits and pieces. We're going to be providing pop-up players and power the search for a number of radio stations. But to do this we need stations to get their data in a fit state."

MetaBroadcast is also pleased: "content aggregation; what are you waiting for?"

Paul Clark has responded to some of the comments on his original post about iPlayer linking out to other broadcasters here.

"BBC's iPlayer rules are 'restrictive', claims BSkyB" from Media Guardian.

Andrew Bowden is "Using BBD to move (a bit of) the BBC to Salford":

At some point in December I took over as product manager of the Connected Homepage project at BBC Red Button... For me one of the issues was understanding the work "backlog"...Thankfully most of the backlog wasn't written in such incomprehensible lingo, but my arrival gave the team a useful reminder that everyone needs to be able to understand what a backlog item means.

From currybetdotnet: "The great BBC website massacre - the BBC replies to criticism". Ian Hunter's latest comment on this subject can be found on his blog post from last week.

Online Journalism blog interviews Bella Hurrell on "data journalism and the BBC News Specials team":

"The simple fact that loads of data has been published is not really very interesting to most people."

The BBC research and development blog has a 8 minute long film about their new production research facility: TC Zero.

From Join Freesat: "Panasonic DMR-BS850, BS750 XS350 iPlayer Update"

Nick Reynolds is Social Media Executive, BBC Online


  • Comment number 1.

    I do find irony in Sky complaining about the BBC's restrictive practises. A company that has consistently plundered channels on Freeview to move them to the locked-in and tightly controlled platform that Sky is the Lord and Master of. Why should Sky be able to profit from BBC's programmes by passing them off as their own?

  • Comment number 2.

    @1 Alex

    I'm not a Sky customer. Personally I find their service overpriced and overcontrolled. Why should I pay for channels I don't want in order to view the channels I do? Why should I be restricted to equipment provided by Sky in order to view Sky content?

    But, then, Sky is a commercial organisation. If potential customers, like myself, don't like the terms of their service then we don't become customers, don't pay them and don't view their content.

    The BBC is an entirely different matter. If I disagree with the BBC's terms and conditions I have no option but to continue to pay them unless I wish to forgo access to any broadcast television service.

    So, much as it pains me to say it, when BSkyB say:

    ***"The current BBC strategy could lead to millions of licence fee payers being denied access to the BBC's on-demand content on their chosen platform,"*** (Media Guardian article)

    They have, absolutely, hit the nail on the head.

    Personally, I am disgusted with the BBC's "syndication" policy and the treatment of Android iPlayer users (the killing of BeebPlayer and MyPlayer and the refusal to provide access to the existing 3gp iPlayer streams that all Android devices can use). If the BBC were a commercial organisation (like BSkyB) I would certainly cancel my subscription and forgo BBC TV content altogether.

    Unfortunately, If I stop paying the BBC, I am banned from viewing any broadcast TV. So I am forced to continue supporting an organisation whose terms and conditions I do not agree with.

    Either the BBC needs to change its attitude regarding the way it restricts access to its content, or the licence fee should go.

    If the BBC wish to behave like a commercial broadcaster (like BSkyB) then they should be funded like a commercial broadcaster. If the BBC wish to continue to be funded by the licence fee, then they should provide access to their content to all licence payers or permit access via published open standards.

  • Comment number 3.

    Would some one tell me why the BBC is wasting the licence fee on special aps fro Apple and Andriod. I watch BBC TV on Opera Mini on Nokia with Flash installed via BT Open World. (included in the sub) How much is Apple and Google paying the BBC to have this app?

  • Comment number 4.

    on Bella Hurrell. "most people' and data Jornalism.

    Since the BBC is not just for "most people" but for everyone who happens to be in the UK and therefore implies a long tail policy for information presentation. Could you please Nick let us have the current editorial policies for data and associated links (take employment and then medical breakthoughs as egs if you like). You might also include links to Mr Easton, and the Collage of Journalism to show what is of offer to assist users of BBC on line in understanding data.

    (Check the link to Bella in Nicks post for this) . School results stats are all very well as a poorish guide to schools. What parents need to know as well is the actually chances of getting in. some FOI's perhaps to provide a story? Yes you need to provide a data story!


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