Posted by George Wright on , last updated

Hi all.This is my first post on the new BBC Research and Development blog. My team, Prototyping, builds new prototypes and trials new products and services across all digital platforms. Since our move into R&D from our previous department, we've been busy with a number of interesting experiments, one of which I'd like to share here.

As part of BBC R&D's work on the P2P Next project, we shared the most recent video released under a CC licence by the BBC R&DTV team. We made this available in standard definition and HD, to test the most recent trial from the P2P-Next project. There's an overview of this Living Lab trial available, but if you just want to cut to the chase, download the very alpha trial for Windows, restart Firefox, and then go to the P2P-Next trial page and chose either 480p (standard definition), or if you have a fast Internet connection and a very fast PC, the 1080p flavour.

This is clearly an early release, and is not an indication that the BBC (or any other partners) are jettisoning any existing very successful consumer facing propositions in favour of P2P-Next, but is part of BBC R&D's commitment to early experiments with new forms of distribution. This trial is Windows only and Firefox specific at the moment - sorry. Focusing on one platform means we can test some of the specifics about the peer to peer side without worrying about platform differences. Clearly, as part of our commitment to this project, cross platform development, and free/ open source code, other platforms for the P2P-Next project will be delivered. As part of this limited trial, though, that's unlikely. This is a small and focused trial aiming at gathering statistics and finding performance issues in the first release of the HD P2P streaming experiment which our partners on the project have delivered.

There's more information about the Living Lab trial and statistics about uptake so far

We're keen to hear your comments - if they're related to your experiences with the trial please contact the Living Lab teampost them below whilst we work out why the (non BBC) email address for feedback is bouncing (thanks, Tom Fanning!)