la BBC prepara un servicio de descargas para hacer competencia a iTunes

La BBC ha confirmado que está trabajado en una plataforma que ofrecerá descarga de películas y series con un estilo parecido al de iTunes. Se espera que salga a finales de este año, primero en Reino Unido pero posteriormente se extenderá al resto del mundo.

La cadena británica BBC ha anunciado que lanzará un servicio de descargas. Este servicio cuyo nombre es “Proyecto Barcelona”, permitirá a los usuarios descargar y comprar vídeos de programas y series, así como el acceso al archivo histórico de la BBC.

Según anunció el director general de la cadena Mark Thompson en la Royal Televisión Society, este proyecto abrirá una ventana en todo su contenido. Hasta ahora la BBC tiene su programación disponible a través de iPlayer, que es un servicio donde se puede ver en ‘streaming’ pero los contenidos caducan a los siete días.

Thompson dijo que teniendo en cuenta la calidad de la programación de la BBC, tanto de sus documentales como de sus series, la compañía quiere que los usuarios puedan disfrutar de su contenido pasado ese plazo de una semana.

Por ello el objetivo de este proyecto es trabajar de manera conjunta con iPlayer y el Proyecto Barcelona. En primer lugar los contenidos estarán disponibles en iPlayer durante ese plazo de 7 días, y luego estarán disponibles de forma permanente en el nuevo servicio, pero habrá que pagar un precio nominal por cada descarga.


 

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La BBC ha confirmado que está trabajado en una plataforma que ofrecerá descarga de películas y series con un estilo parecido al de iTunes. Se espera que salga a finales de este año, primero en Reino Unido pero posteriormente se extenderá al resto del mundo.

La cadena británica BBC ha anunciado que lanzará un servicio de descargas. Este servicio cuyo nombre es “Proyecto Barcelona”, permitirá a los usuarios descargar y comprar vídeos de programas y series, así como el acceso al archivo histórico de la BBC.

Según anunció el director general de la cadena Mark Thompson en la Royal Televisión Society, este proyecto abrirá una ventana en todo su contenido. Hasta ahora la BBC tiene su programación disponible a través de iPlayer, que es un servicio donde se puede ver en ‘streaming’ pero los contenidos caducan a los siete días. Leer más “la BBC prepara un servicio de descargas para hacer competencia a iTunes”

Aston Martin Beats iPhone to ‘Coolest Brand’ Title

Car firm Aston Martin has beaten Apple’s iPhone in an annual survey of the coolest brands in the UK.

The Warwickshire-based company took top spot in the CoolBrands List 2010, a direct reversal of last year’s result when the iPhone topped the chart.

Technology and gadgets feature heavily in the top 10, with Apple taking three spaces in the top 20. In 2010 it has released the iPad as well as the iPhone 4, although many users complained of signal problems.

Other technology entries include smartphone manufacturer Blackberry at number four, hi-fi company Bang & Olufsen at number five and the Nintendo Wii at number seven.


by jeremywaite

Car firm Aston Martin has beaten Apple’s iPhone in an annual survey of the coolest brands in the UK.

The Warwickshire-based company took top spot in the CoolBrands List 2010, a direct reversal of last year’s result when the iPhone topped the chart.

Technology and gadgets feature heavily in the top 10, with Apple taking three spaces in the top 20.  In 2010 it has released the iPad as well as the iPhone 4, although many users complained of signal problems.

Other technology entries include smartphone manufacturer Blackberry at number four, hi-fi company Bang & Olufsen at number five and the Nintendo Wii at number seven.

Expert panel

The chart was drawn up from a list of 1,100 brands which were rated by an panel of 35 ‘style-makers’. After eliminating the less popular brands, more than 2,000 members of the public gave their ratings.

Each brand was rated for style, innovation, originality, authenticity, desirability and uniqueness.  Helping rate the coolness this year were the likes of fashion designer Ben De Lisi, actress Sadie Frost and rapper Tinie Tempah

UK designer Vivienne Westwood is the highest fashion entry at number 12, but there are also mentions for Alexander McQueen, who died this year, and shoemaker Jimmy Choo.  In the website stakes, the BBC iPlayer came highest finishing at number 11 and beating YouTube into 15th spot.

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Belgian broadcasters try kneecapping DVRs, demand compensation

Belgians are probably most interested in knowing whether their country will survive its strife between the French and Flemish-Dutch speaking groups, or whether it will break apart into separate nations. Here at Ars, however, we’re more interested in the country’s peculiarities with respect to copyright law and broadband technology (and, of course, Belgium’s wide variety of beers and chocolate). We recently wrote about Belgian bandwidth hogs, and in the past on ISPs having to filter P2P and newspapers suing Google News. This week it’s Belgian broadcasters seeking to cripple Digital Video Recorders and get compensation for their introduction.

Ars got hold of a letter addressed to cable provider Telenet, a letter in which compensation and technical crippling of the DVR were demanded. A similar letter went to Belgacom, another cable TV provider. This letter, kindly provided to us by Inside TV International, was jointly written by the CEOs of the three Flemish broadcasters.


Belgians are probably most interested in knowing whether their country will survive its strife between the French and Flemish-Dutch speaking groups, or whether it will break apart into separate nations. Here at Ars, however, we’re more interested in the country’s peculiarities with respect to copyright law and broadband technology (and, of course, Belgium’s wide variety of beers and chocolate). We recently wrote about Belgian bandwidth hogs, and in the past on ISPs having to filter P2P and newspapers suing Google News. This week it’s Belgian broadcasters seeking to cripple Digital Video Recorders and get compensation for their introduction.

Ars got hold of a letter addressed to cable provider Telenet, a letter in which compensation and technical crippling of the DVR were demanded. A similar letter went to Belgacom, another cable TV provider. This letter, kindly provided to us by Inside TV International, was jointly written by the CEOs of the three Flemish broadcasters. Leer más “Belgian broadcasters try kneecapping DVRs, demand compensation”

Which Will Be Bigger? Social TV or 3DTV?

The BBC has confirmed they are working on a new beta version of their popular on-demand television service, the iPlayer. As a public broadcaster, the BBC relies on tax dollars to an extent, to stay in business. They seem to be taking Social TV quite seriously – investing and setting new trends with social viewing. The Beeb has partnered with Microsoft to develop an iPlayer that allows users to communicate with each other using Windows Live Messenger while watching on-demand programmes. With over 450 million worldwide Windows Live Messenger users, it seems to make sll kinds of sense for the broadcaster to use the Messenger network. This partnership is interesting in that the BBC has chosen to not leverage social sites Facebook or Twitter – meaning BBC doesn’t want to “create” their own social network … rather they have left the door open to harness third party social sites in the future. I don’t know how well the Windows Live Messenger can be shared on all social sites, but one would think that down the road this avenue will pay off big time for the BBC. iPlayer is not just available on the web, but across all desktop operating systems, dozens of mobile phones and in download and streaming form – even across some 3G networks – and BBC’s on-demand service received 123 MILLION requests in April 2010. Those are massive numbers for an on-demand service in the broadcast industry.


Posted by jillatkinson

We North Americans witnessed the birth of Social Television via Big Network Events such as the Oscars and MTV Music Video Awards Shows last year. Social TV’s birth happened in the form of live Twitter and Facebook feeds that crawled across the bottom of our TV screens, allowing viewers to chat, comment and react to what they were watching live.

The BBC has confirmed they are working on a new beta version of their popular on-demand television service, the iPlayer. As a public broadcaster, the BBC relies on tax dollars to an extent, to stay in business. They seem to be taking Social TV quite seriously – investing and setting new trends with social viewing. The Beeb has partnered with Microsoft to develop an iPlayer that allows users to communicate with each other using Windows Live Messenger while watching on-demand programmes. With over 450 million worldwide Windows Live Messenger users, it seems to make sll kinds of sense for the broadcaster to use the Messenger network. This partnership is interesting in that the BBC has chosen to not leverage social sites Facebook or Twitter – meaning BBC doesn’t want to “create” their own social network … rather they have left the door open to harness third party social sites in the future. I don’t know how well the Windows Live Messenger can be shared on all social sites, but one would think that down the road this avenue will pay off big time for the BBC. iPlayer is not just available on the web, but across all desktop operating systems, dozens of mobile phones and in download and streaming form – even across some 3G networks – and BBC’s on-demand service received 123 MILLION requests in April 2010. Those are massive numbers for an on-demand service in the broadcast industry. Leer más “Which Will Be Bigger? Social TV or 3DTV?”