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BBC Unveils Redesigned iPlayer For The Living Room

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The BBC is sure that almost half of people watching its catch-up content will be doing so on connected devices in the next few years, and has therefore launched a revamped version of its iPlayer, designed for TVs, set-top boxes and Blu-ray players.

The new iPlayer will be available from today on the PlayStation 3 and is currently being adapted by manufacturers for a range of other devices.

According to the latest Communications Market Report from Ofcom, only 10 per cent of TVs can go online, however in the last six months the BBC has seen a five fold growth of iPlayer on TV.

“At this rate of growth, in the next few years we could well see over half of iPlayer use directly on the living room TV,” said Daniel Danker, the BBC’s general manager of programmes and on demand.

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While iPlayer is available on over 300 devices already, the presentation is inconsistent and on some devices, very frustrating to navigate. The new iPlayer will offer a more consistent platform making it a lot easier for users to navigate using their remote controls.

The new interface will also offer better personalisation so that iPlayer will remember your searches and preferences to allow your access the programmes you want, quicker.

“It feel like TV, it's much easier to use and it’s more personal. This is designed from the ground up for televisions,” said Gideon Summerfield, the BBC’s executive product manager for iPlayer on TV.

While a huge variety of set-top boxes, Blu-ray players and TVs will be getting the newly redesigned iPlayer, one major player won’t be getting it any time soon. “Sky today remains a closed platform,” Danker said. This is in contrast to competitors Virgin Media and BT who both offer iPlayer as part of their service.

Enigma

August 11, 2011, 3:01 pm

Well done Beeb.

When the Beeb do good things like that and then they go tearing up a good F1 deal with TWO years still to run makes me wonder into conspiracy theories.

But when I read that Channel 4 had allegedly offered more money than BSkyB for the same deal but Beeb instead went with BSkyB I become paranoid.

My paranoia is further reinforced when I remember that BBC had been contracting Daddy Murdoch's princess to make tv programmes for it and thus nurturing it into a 'successful' company that Papa buys it at a 'good' price.

Then there is the matter of paying BSkyB around £10 million to broadcast on it's platform when the Beeb is paying around £1 million for Freesat.

No I wouldn't have such bad thoughts if it were not for things like the phone hacking scandal at the Murdoch flagship the late and gladly rotting in financial hell the NoW.

Given what CLEVER Oxbridge chappies the BBC folks are, having blazed the trail with their chillingly ambitious BBCi and then this far sighted BBC iPlayer creation which just goes from strength to strength, I wonder why they so quickly gave in to the NEW Tory government and accepted not a 2-year, not a 4-year but a BLOODY 6-year tv licence freeze!!! The Tories are many things (none of them nice such that they can't be mentioned here) but Borg they ain't for sure such that any resistance would've been futile?

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Continued

Enigma

August 11, 2011, 3:01 pm

>>>>>>>>>>>>Part -II

So I waited, waited, waited and waited for these clever Beebs to strike back but instead I see them licking, to put it politely, the BSkyB's feet with an F1 gift to boot (take your pick for it to be a pun or not.......Whether 'tis nobler in the...)!!

So I can not wait any longer but to ask why is it that the far sighted Oxbridge geniuses could not simply have consulted us the tv licence fee payers as to what were our thoughts about freezing the licence fee at £145.50 for the next 6-years.

ALL the while the BBC's revenue is straight-jacketed BSkyB announces (July 29, 2011):

.... profits of more than £1bn for its last financial year (FY2010-11).

..... saw operating profits rise 23% to £1.073bn in the year to June 30, as revenues rose 16% to £6.5bn.

I believe the following underlines the UNFAIR competitive advantage (one among many) that BSkyB has over others, not just the BBC

"More importantly, the company has managed to increase the number of customers taking all three key services: phone, internet and TV from 21% to 27%. These customers are more profitable than stand-alone ones (i.e just TV subscribers or Newspaper etc) and helps explain why BSkyB's average revenue per customer increased from £508 a year to £539, even though it introduced a price freeze for its television subscribers."

Oh, the sheer unfairness of £539/year for BSkyB to BBC's £145.50/year (FROZEN till 2016)!!!

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