We decided that the best route to implement our video and audio player was playback using the html5 video tag. This allows us to integrate the native player into our site, where we serve two H.264 flavours, one 1500kbps for the high quality video (default), and a lower 800kbps you can use if you are bandwidth constrained.
In any case, the result is the Beta version you can see right now – we really hope you like it – delivered by a small team of 5 within just 4 weeks and with the generous support of our FM&T colleagues despite being already busy with the UK election, iPlayer V3, and now the World Cup.
And don't forget, soon we will embark on incorporating the iPlayer V3 features for Bigscreen.
But that is chapter two.
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