BBC iPlayer Goes High Definition

BBC iPlayer Goes High DefinitionWe’re already big fans if the BBC’s iPlayer service, so our bottoms almost squeaked with excitement when we heard that the Beeb is to start offering high definition streams and downloads of selected programmes.

The iPlayer has grown to be a true smash-ban-wallop hit, registering more than 387 million streams or download requests since launching on Christmas Day 2007.

Continue reading BBC iPlayer Goes High Definition

BBC To Launch Visual Radio Player

BBC To Launch Visual Radio PlayerThe BBC is set to revolutionise radio listening with the introduction of a new “visual radio player” this month.

The technology is set to be trialed for a week on Radio 1’s Chris Moyles weekday mornings show (6.30am to 10am) and on the Annie and Nick show on Sunday evenings (7pm to 10pm), and will let users listeners head off to the DJs website and get a load of “complementary visuals.”

Continue reading BBC To Launch Visual Radio Player

iPlayer 3: New Social Functions Outlined For Q1-Q2 2009

iPlayer 3: Q1-Q2 2009: New Social Functions OutlinedIf you hadn’t noticed(!), today is iPlayer day.

The BBC Internet blog is covered in posting from various of the BBC bloggers, so many, that they run way over the front page.

Anthony Rose, Controller, Online Media Group and Vision, Future Media & Technology (blimey he must have a wide business card!), who oversees iPlayer, has recorded a video (not surprisingly playing in an iPlayer viewer).

He goes over his history with iPlayer and then projects forward into features and functions that he’d like to see incorporated into iPlayer in the future.

iPlayer 3, as it’s being labelled, will be available Q1 or Q2 in 2009 and will incoporate social features.

Continue reading iPlayer 3: New Social Functions Outlined For Q1-Q2 2009

BBC, ITV & BT Announce Open Broadband STB Project

BBC, ITV & BT Announce Open Broadband STB ProjectThe BBC, ITV and BT have announced a proposal to create an “open environment for broadband connected digital television receivers.”

It’s an initiative open for all UK public service broadcasters, device developers and other ISPs, which they hope will lead to a new generation of subscription free devices, carrying free to air channels and a huge selection of on demand TV services like iPlayer and ITV Player, as well as the potential for films, shows and interactive content from a range of other providers in standard and high definition.

Continue reading BBC, ITV & BT Announce Open Broadband STB Project

BBC Website To Become “Corporations Second Biggest Channel By 2012″

BBC Website To Become BBC’s hugely popular website is on course to become the Corporation’s second biggest property in just four years, according to their new director of future media and technology, Erik Huggers.

Spurred on by the success of their BBC iPlayer service, the BBC’s website has seen huge traffic rises and now looks set to be second only to their flagship channel BBC1 by 2012.

Continue reading BBC Website To Become “Corporations Second Biggest Channel By 2012″

Freesat BBC and ITV Free HD Service Launches

Freesat BBC and ITV Free HD Service LaunchesBBC and ITV are launching Freesat today, a new free-to-view satellite television service allowing viewers to gorge themselves on high definition television for nowt.

The two UK TV giants have teamed up to serve up a feast of 80 freebie television and radio channels which will be accessible to 98 per cent of homes.

The BBC have been talking about it for quite a while to the point where people stopped believing it would happen, through to a cautious ‘yes probably’ a year and a bit ago.

Continue reading Freesat BBC and ITV Free HD Service Launches