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.

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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.

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Ashley Highfield: iPlayer Glory Boy?

Ashley Highfield: iPlayer Glory Boy?How wrong The Times are in their piece praising Ashley Highfield, entitled “Business big shot: Ashley Highfield.”

To label him as the man behind the launch of the BBC iPlayer, misleads their readers.

Ashley might have been the person who stood himself up for interviews, giving the impression that he was the man behind it.

The real accolade for originating the concept of iPlayer and carrying out the original work behind iPlayer falls to Ben Lavender, someone no longer at the BBC.

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BBC iPlayer: Making the unmissable, unaffordable?

BBC iPlayer: Making the unmissable, unaffordable?We and other publications have been reporting that the BBC iPlayer has been taken up in large numbers by UK TV License payers.

We’ve experienced something that other individuals might, one that will have serious implications for the long term success of BBC’s heavily-promoted service.

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BBC iPlayer Soars In Popularity

BBC iPlayer Soars In PopularityMedia analyst spods Screen Digest have released updated usage data and forecasts for the online TV market in the UK.

The company say that a “surge” in punters feeling the downloading love for the BBC’s iPlayer catch-up service has sent them scurrying back to their labs and adding some more 0s on the end of estimates for free-to-view (FTV) TV consumption in the UK.
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iPlayer: HowTo Turn Off Sharing

iPlayer: HowTo Turn Off SharingOne of the (many) complaints that people had with the BBC iPlayer was that their processing power and bandwidth was being used even when they didn’t have the iPlayer application loaded.

While some of the more technically minded might have known that this would have been the case by default, the majority – and let’s not forget that this is a service aimed at the general public – had not clue about it.
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