New BBC iPlayer download manager now on Air
The BBC is trialing a new desktop download manager for its iPlayer, based on the Adobe Air platform. It will enable Windows, Mac and Linux users to download programmes to their desktops. Downloads were previously only available for Windows users. The BBC is also dropping its peer-assisted distribution, opting for a simpler system that could use network based caches.
Muddle on dance floor as viewer votes not strictly fair
It was one of the biggest nights in participation television in Britain, as two top shows went head to head, collecting millions of phone votes between them. Unfortunately the producers on the BBC Strictly Come Dancing show had to freeze the phone vote and finish the programme early, once they finally realised that many of the viewers may have been wasting their money voting.
BBC announces partnership plans to share its iPlayer
The BBC has outlined plans to share its iPlayer with other broadcasters and bring it to the television set by developing a common industry approach to on-demand and internet services. It says the plans are already being progressed by a group including the BBC, ITV and BT. They have yet to be approved by the BBC Trust. The British public broadcaster could face further competition concerns unless the plans are shared with the industry as a whole on an open basis.
IP Vision delivers over the top set-top box to Fetch TV
Fetch TV is an independent, subscription free set-top box that combines a high-definition ready digital video recorder and home media centre with video on demand services. It is has been developed by IP Vision, backed by Netgem, which is offering the service direct to the consumer or as a white label platform for third parties.
Tioti and Vizimo offer television application for iPhone
Tioti TV+ from start-up company Vizimo is a new application available from the Apple store that allows viewers to schedule their viewing using their iPhone or iPod Touch. Vizimo, which describes itself as developing ‘next-generation guidance’, recently acquired Tioti, a web site built around programme information and a social network.