Nick Reynolds highlights and links to:
The BBC Trust published the conclusions of its review of the BBC's on-demand services, including the BBC iPlayer.
The BBC Trust also began a consultation about the BBC Executive's proposed approach to on demand and syndication.
Check link below for some select quotes and links to relevant sites.
Paul Murphy pointing out highlights:
- April 2010 was the best performing month for BBC iPlayer with 123 million request for BBC TV and Radio programmes, up from 118 million in March 2010
- Online requests also hit an all time high at 104 million, up 3 million from March 2010
- The new series of Doctor Who also chalked up a new record of the highest number of requests a single programme has received, with 1.6 million requests for Episode 1. Outnumbered and Russell Howard's Good News also performed well
Round up of iPlayer beta coverage, by Paul Murphy.
Rose acknowledged it may be used only by early adopters but said it’s “the best feature” of the upgrade: “If i see Erik is watching EastEnders, I can join in and watch. The integration of chat with live TV has been the holy grail. This, for some, could transform the way they watch television.” The feature has missed today’s beta for Rose’s third-generation iPlayer, but is due in two to three weeks.
Shame that chat facility will be powered by Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger (or whatever it's called now).
Robert Andrews interviews Huggers and Rose about iPlayer launch:
—Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) for iPlayer IM: “Windows Live Messenger is one of the most popular right now,” said ex Microsoft exec Huggers. “Let’s try it first with the biggest out there.”
—HTML5 vs Flash: BBC has a strategic relationship with Flash maker Adobe (NSDQ: ADBE), but: “I can guarantee you that, in the labs, there’s plenty of activity with HTML5.”
—Canvas still relevant:“Everyone is building (connected TV) as a closed, proprietary environment.” “It’s very different from Google (NSDQ: GOOG) TV, which will just search the web.” “We need to build the damn thing.”
The BBC wasn’t the first mainstream media company to offer a video-on-demand service, but I do think we were the first to get it right. Some important early decisions contributed greatly to its appeal with audiences.
He then goes on to describe simplicity of access (i.e. streaming), quality of content, clarity of message, and platform neutrality as those important decisions.
Bringing the benefits of emerging technologies to the public is in the BBC’s DNA as its sixth public purpose, and the idea behind BBC iPlayer was to give audiences greater control over the programmes they enjoy, guarantee subscription-free access to BBC content in an on-demand world, and provide better value for the content they have already paid for.
Too often people forget that technological innovation is part of the BBC’s public service remit…