BBC iPlayer
The services… <ul><li>BBC iPlayer offers a variety of services. </li></ul><ul><li>Radio content </li></ul><ul><li>Streamed...
<ul><li>iPlayer 1.0  </li></ul><ul><li>Download service used peer to peer technology to enable the distribution of large v...
<ul><li>iPlayer 2.0  </li></ul><ul><li>25 th  June 2008 BBC announced development of a new version of the iPlayer  </li></...
<ul><li>Newer platform introduced at the end of 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitated the use of iPlayer’s desktop as well as...
<ul><li>iPlayer integration with Virgin Media </li></ul><ul><li>30 th  April 2008 – iPlayer service pumped directly to Vir...
<ul><li>iPlayer Integration with Video Consoles. </li></ul><ul><li>March 2008 – unofficial Python script released to allow...
<ul><li>Integration of iPlayer with iPhone and iPod touch  </li></ul><ul><li>7 th  March 2008 – beta version for Apple’s i...
<ul><li>Negative points: No control of Bandwidth  </li></ul><ul><li>Uses an application called Kontiki that manages your p...
<ul><li>Negative points: DRM </li></ul><ul><li>Actor’s unions, music industry and production companies insist that DRM is ...
<ul><li>Negative points: Only works on Windows XP </li></ul><ul><li>DRM restricts the platforms that can support the iPlay...
<ul><li>Negative points: Doesn’t work on a lot of machines </li></ul><ul><li>Even if you have XP, it still might not work....
<ul><li>Negative points: picture quality  </li></ul><ul><li>Problems with widescreen files being encoded in the wrong size...
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  1. 1. BBC iPlayer
  2. 2. The services… <ul><li>BBC iPlayer offers a variety of services. </li></ul><ul><li>Radio content </li></ul><ul><li>Streamed video clip content </li></ul><ul><li>T.V Programmes from the past 7 days </li></ul><ul><li>T.V and Radio Highlights </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>iPlayer 1.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Download service used peer to peer technology to enable the distribution of large video files. </li></ul><ul><li>content only playable on BBC iPlayer/ Windows media player 10 or 11 </li></ul><ul><li>December 2008 moved to Adobe AIR based client that downloaded content via HTTP rather than P2P </li></ul><ul><li>System replaced with Adobe’s own DRM – preventing it being directly copied to another medium </li></ul><ul><li>Also allowed the BBC to control how long the content was available for – currently 7 days </li></ul><ul><li>If a user downloads content they have 30 days to watch it </li></ul><ul><li>Offers an EPG with listings from both 7 days previous and 7 days before. </li></ul><ul><li>BBC’ streaming version of iPlayer was launched on 13th December 2007 – using Adobe flash software </li></ul><ul><li>Offers replays of programmes broadcast on all BBC channels during the past 7 days. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>iPlayer 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>25 th June 2008 BBC announced development of a new version of the iPlayer </li></ul><ul><li>Combining normal television iPlayer with radio iPlayer. </li></ul><ul><li>Schedules of programmes due to be on the iPlayer </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic resumption of the last programme watched </li></ul><ul><li>Increased in size of the screen by 25% to 640 pixels wide </li></ul><ul><li>RSS feeds of iPlayer data </li></ul><ul><li>Yesterday’s TV function </li></ul><ul><li>Implemented option of streaming videos in HQ </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Newer platform introduced at the end of 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitated the use of iPlayer’s desktop as well as other iPlayer lab’s: such as adjustable video windows and feedback options. </li></ul><ul><li>March 2009 BBC launched the new 1500kbps streaming version of the player which provides near TV quality pictures even when in full screen. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>iPlayer integration with Virgin Media </li></ul><ul><li>30 th April 2008 – iPlayer service pumped directly to Virgin Media’s digital cable TV customers. Part of the company’s video-on-demand service. </li></ul><ul><li>Pressng “red button” whilst watching BBC channels on TV brings up the iPlayer service. </li></ul><ul><li>29 th May 2007 – Virgin media successfully integrated iPlayer with Virgin Media EPG. </li></ul><ul><li>Majority of BBC shows listed alongside other VOD content in Virgin’s catch up TV section. </li></ul><ul><li>No charge for watching BBC shows through the iPlayer on Virgin Media. </li></ul><ul><li>21 st July 2008 – iPlayer on Virgin Media received 10.5 million views since offical launch on 1 st June 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>26 th September 2008 – one third of all iPlayer programme views was accessed through Virgin Media. </li></ul><ul><li>1 st May 2009 – BBC and Virgin Media launched HD content via BBC iplayer on Virgin Media’s TV platform. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>iPlayer Integration with Video Consoles. </li></ul><ul><li>March 2008 – unofficial Python script released to allow Xboxes running XBMC to access the iPlayer </li></ul><ul><li>9 th April 2008 – iPlayer made available to stream video content on the Wii via the Internet Channel </li></ul><ul><li>Enabled by a recording of the iPlayer to use Flash 7 rather than Flash 9. </li></ul><ul><li>Autumn 2009 – update to the WII internet channel resulted in iPlayer not working. </li></ul><ul><li>iPlayer was not officially accessible at the standard iPlayer website through the PS3 browser after the Wii content launch. </li></ul><ul><li>Unofficial hack created a week after Wii content launch, combining Javascript, CSS and user-agent to mimic the internet channel browser, allow PS3 owners to access the iPlayer by visiting the unofficial website. </li></ul><ul><li>December 2008 – PS3 officially supported directly through the iPlayer website. </li></ul><ul><li>1 st September 2009 – iPlayer application widget provided in the PS3 system software 3.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Merely a URL link to the iPlayer site, despite this, PS3 now accounts for 10% of all iPlayer traffic </li></ul><ul><li>Second most popular platform used to access the service, even more so than the Mac. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Integration of iPlayer with iPhone and iPod touch </li></ul><ul><li>7 th March 2008 – beta version for Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch was released </li></ul><ul><li>First time the service became available on portable devices, allowing streaming over a Wi-Fi connection. </li></ul><ul><li>EDGE connectivity on iPhone, not supported due to slowness of streaming video. </li></ul><ul><li>Integration of iPlayer with Nokia N96 phone </li></ul><ul><li>18th September 2008 – version of iPlayer will become available to the Nokia N96 as a download service to allow views to watch programmes even when out of reach of WiFi or 3G networks, </li></ul><ul><li>9 th September 2008 – Method for independently downloading and playing iPlayer N96 3GP stream on other mobiles. Integration of iPlayer with other phones </li></ul><ul><li>updated to include streaming radio and television as well as extended to a variety of handsets in early December 2008 including Samsung Omnia, Sony Ericcsson XPERIA X1, Sony Ericsson C905 and Nokia 5800XpressMusic </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Negative points: No control of Bandwidth </li></ul><ul><li>Uses an application called Kontiki that manages your programme downloads. </li></ul><ul><li>Kontiki is a P2P application </li></ul><ul><li>Doesn’t just download content, uploads it. </li></ul><ul><li>The files are distributed by “seeders” </li></ul><ul><li>Means BBC reduce costs </li></ul><ul><li>iPlayer not just aimed at people who are confident with computers and technology, aimed at general public, potential for disaster greater when using P2P. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Negative points: DRM </li></ul><ul><li>Actor’s unions, music industry and production companies insist that DRM is present in download files. </li></ul><ul><li>This restricts how long you can keep it and locking it to on computer. </li></ul><ul><li>Every single programme on iPlayer has already be blasted though the skies without these restrictions placed upon it – capabilities such as digital TV cards for your PC </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Negative points: Only works on Windows XP </li></ul><ul><li>DRM restricts the platforms that can support the iPlayer </li></ul><ul><li>As long as there is DRM in iPlayer, it will not ba available via Linux </li></ul><ul><li>BBC should have developed it’s own distribution system that is based on BitTorrent, that has some custom DRM protection built in. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Negative points: Doesn’t work on a lot of machines </li></ul><ul><li>Even if you have XP, it still might not work. </li></ul><ul><li>Particular problem with machines with Windows Media Player 11 </li></ul><ul><li>Also a problem on machines where you can’t perform updates because of restrictions. </li></ul><ul><li>Incompatibilities with WMP 11; security update warnings that won’t allow you to “update”; files that refuse to download; files that download but will only play the BBC ident; internet Explorer errors about a “slow running script” in the iPlayer library. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Negative points: picture quality </li></ul><ul><li>Problems with widescreen files being encoded in the wrong size, sometimes not possible to watch them full screen without black bars all around the image. </li></ul>

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