Home / News / Peripheral News / BBC iPlayer Opening to 3rd Parties

BBC iPlayer Opening to 3rd Parties

Gordon Kelly


BBC iPlayer Opening to 3rd Parties

Now this could be good...

Following the collapse of Project Kangaroo the BBC has announced it is prepared to open up BBC iPlayer to other broadcasters looking to make a similar splash in the online on-demand video streaming sector.

"It is not a concept of aggregation, but federation," said BBC director of future media and technology (great job title) Erik Huggers. "It is about making sure each of the broadcasters around the world can continue to have a direct relationship with their users."

The move may also take some of the pressure off BBC resources, which currently spend a lot of time developing iPlayer for each platform. "We have this demand on us that we must make our content available universally," explained Huggers. "As a result with now have to port the iPlayer into 23 different flavours. They all using different codecs, different file formats, because they are think their codec is going to make a difference."

As it stands the proposal (which has been mooted before) still faces the substantial hurdle of BBC Trust approval, but Huggers said demand was clearly there since one of the most searched for terms was 'iPlayer Coronation Street' {the ITV soap, for our international readers}.

All this sounds like something of a long term project since licensing agreements alone would likely prove a nightmare. That said, it is hard to deny BBC iPlayer is currently the best European streaming video service by a significant margin. If at first you don't succeed...


via Broadbandtvnews.com


September 15, 2009, 1:58 am

This is probably a good idea, I don't really know because I've been distracted...

'iPlayer Coronation Street'

WTF? You've got to be kidding, those people should be ridiculed, not catered for.


September 15, 2009, 1:57 pm

Now all they need to do is change the name. I hate iAnything with an i in front of it is so cheap and lazy, and apart from iPlayer, such products can usually be immediately discounted.


September 15, 2009, 2:34 pm

"As a result with now have to port the iPlayer into 23 different flavours. They all using different codecs, different file formats, because they are think their codec is going to make a difference."

What the hell happened to that sentence?


September 15, 2009, 2:50 pm

@drdark - it makes sense, it's just clumsy. You'd have to ask the Beeb ;)


September 15, 2009, 8:02 pm

@Gordon: Oh, I'm much more forgiving on sentence structure than I used to be (you have nooo idea), however these segments confused me:

"As a result with now" --> surely should have been "we now".

"They all using different codecs" --> "They all use different codecs" or "are all using".

"they are think their codec" --> "they think their codec".

On-topic though: this is a good thing, as long as they fix the iPlayer on my Wii! I can't watch Mock the Week late at night any more unless I want to chance waking my wife!

Speaking of which: Doesn't the new MSN Video host series from both BBC and Channel4? I only took a quick look a couple of weeks ago, but I was also confused by the fact they're using Flash video. Surely they should be using WMV!

P.S. Joost also has a bit more content these days.


September 15, 2009, 8:11 pm

It still doesn't make sense to me.

Wasn't this kangaroo BTW?

I am still waiting for a hard-drive recorder manufacturer to add iplayer to their function list. Can't believe no-one has done this yet. Someone please correct me cos I'd love to buy it.


September 15, 2009, 9:04 pm

I wonder if 'iPlayer Coronation Street' is more because ITV's player has the much less memorable yet similar name of 'ITVPlayer' and people are just using iPlayer as a generic term than because they actually want it via iPlayer rather than ITVPlayer.


September 15, 2009, 9:19 pm

Here's a thought: just shove everything on Youtube and save us the naming headaches...


September 16, 2009, 2:40 am

DrDark: Youtube is videos only, while a lot (maybe even the majority) of iPlayer content is radio.


September 16, 2009, 6:58 am

Don't worry, I wasn't being serious...


September 16, 2009, 1:58 pm

Would be nice if the BBC fixed the HD first 3mbit AVC for 720p is very poor.

Hopefully they get some C4 content like Skins as I really don't want to d/l 4OD. Also what are they going to do for people like me who are abroad for 6-7 months of the year but still pay the licence fee?


September 16, 2009, 6:35 pm

@Max Power: You must have been away when they announced they were closing 4OD and streaming everything through their site then.

Head over to www.channel4.com , search for "skins", and away you go.

Have fun :).


September 16, 2009, 8:24 pm

Xiphias: I don't know about that. Have you actually tried using ITVPlayer? Not only would I rather watch programmes through iPlayer; I'd rather watch them on an old black and white set, detuned, while being hung upside down by my toes. It's truly appalling. Channel 4's is better, but the iPlayer has them beat by a long shot (although ISPs are doing their best to ruin it).

comments powered by Disqus