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BBC adds Facebook, Twitter to iPlayer, makes MSFT connection

The BBC has added Facebook, Live Messenger and Twitter integration to its iPlayer service, a beta version of which opened to the public today.

Twitter, Facebook and Windows Live Messenger will be linked to a user’s “BBC ID” which they get when they register on BBC.co.uk. Continue reading

BBC iPlayer to get Facebook, Twitter, Bebo integration

The BBC is embracing the social Web, confirming that Facebook, Twitter and Bebo integration will be part of the future of iPlayer.

BBC future media chief, Erik Huggers, confirmed these plans when speaking with The Telegraph. As he explains it, the plan begins with integration of these services into iPlayer, with such integration then spread across the BBC site. Continue reading

iPlayer comes to Nintendo Wii next week


The BBC and Nintendo UK today introduced a new version of the popular BBC iPlayer on Nintendo’s Wii.

First made available through the console’s Internet Channel in April 2008, BBC iPlayer will now be available as a dedicated Wii Channel to provide Wii users with a new, richer experience of the BBC’s TV and radio on-demand catch-up service. The new Wii Channel is expected to be available from 12.01am on Wednesday 18 November.

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BBC World News streams live to iPhone

Akamai today announced that Livestation, a UK-based global provider of online broadcast content, has launched its streaming application which allows live television broadcasts to be sent to the iPhone using Akamai Media Delivery.

The Livestation technology puts broadcasters in direct contact with the users and generates revenue for them when the application is purchased from the iPhone App Store.

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Microsoft reignites OS X war with video beta

gallagherMicrosoft will launch its MSN Video Player video-on-demand service in the UK next week, offering 300 hours of free shows to viewers – and leaving viewers using current versions of Mac OS X in the cold.

Initial shows available through the beta service next week will include League of Gentlemen, Peep Show, Shameless and The Young Ones.

The project’s led by Ashley Highfield, now VP consumer and online at Microsoft UK and former BBC director of future media and technology.

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BBC launches iPlayer downloads for Mac, Linux

A few weeks later than we predicted, the BBC today introduced new iPlayer software that lets Mac and Linux users download shows to their computers for offline viewing, a feature enjoyed by Windows users since the launch of the service.

If you are in the UK and connected to the internet you can already play programmes from the past seven days and watch them on the website through Click to Play (streaming). This works on Windows, Macs, Linux, Nintendo Wii and iPhones.

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BBC’s Rockterscale measures just who rocks

Building the Rockterscale! from Ben Hanbury on Vimeo.

“An idea popped out of Radio 1 Interactive a while ago. This would be a device that measures ‘rock’ – how much the band and the crowd are rocking at a gig – called The Rockterscale. It would display the amount of rock at the venue and on the web in real-time, maybe even showing it at other gigs and encouraging bands and crowds to out-rock each other.”

BBC, ITV, BT team as iPlayer takes on iTunes

The BBC is serious about attempting to deploy its iPlayer video-on-demand technology as an industry standard, announcing new partnerships with ITV and BT, “to promote a common industry approach and consumer offer to deliver on-demand TV over broadband.”

Such a pan-industry approach may in future pit the BBC and partners against other existing online TV solutions, including iTunes in the UK and similar services elsewhere.
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