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BBC iPlayer Radio a bit late coming to the party?

 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:46 pm    Post subject: BBC iPlayer Radio a bit late coming to the party? Reply with quote

The BBC has announced that it is about to launch iPlayer Radio as a standalone application to provide access to all of the BBC's audio programming with internet-connected devices. It's all part of the corporation's plan to "revamp its online audio content", but is it a bit late in coming (especially since the first implementation of the software will be be compatible only with Apple's iPhone and iPad).

The service will see audio content being stripped out of BBC iPlayer and instead offered as part of a separate service on desktop and mobile. An iPhone app is to be launched soon - however apps for other devices, such as Google's Android, are not yet ready. The iPhone app also features a built-in alarm clock.

According to a release by the BBC, the BBC's Daniel Danker, general manager for programmes and on-demand, is quoted as blaming complications with Flash for the delay in the Android app, but added that discussions are ongoing to resolve the problems. (Perhaps it shouldn't be reliant on Flash at all, given that the technology is now dying on its feet with Adobe having now closed its Flash development team).

The statement goes on to report that, according to Mr Danker, other mobile platforms, such as Windows Phone and Blackberry, were not having apps developed yet - but users on these operating systems can still access iPlayer Radio within the web browser.

The bit I'm not sure about is this: "The new app will mean users will need to download separate iPlayer apps in order to access either television or radio content." That's a bit daft. I actually think the iPlayer iPhone App is very good as it is!

Mr Danker said this was necessary in order to create apps tailored specifically to type of content being consumed.

We're told that neither the desktop nor mobile service offer the ability to watch content without an internet connection.

Well, obviously. Given that other providers (Capital and Absolute come to mind here) have been doing this stuff for a couple of years now, isn't the Beeb just trying to play catch-up?


Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19869320
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Colin, why do you write so much to say so little?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing
Determined not to make it a mark-o copy-and-paste job, I reckon.

A translation would have been useful, though.
As far as I can make out...
- They've messed around with the inlayer/Listen Again facility yet again
- Some users will have to download fresh applications, and some may not even be able to receive it at all.
- They've messed around with the Radio 2 webpages again - they've gone all David Dickinson (orange)
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

R2Icon wrote:
Colin, why do you write so much to say so little?


I thought there was quite a lot in there, actually.

RockitRon wrote:
Laughing
Determined not to make it a mark-o copy-and-paste job, I reckon.


It was a copy and paste job, actually...... of a piece I wrote for a tech newsletter.

R2Icon wrote:
A translation would have been useful, though.
As far as I can make out...
- They've messed around with the inlayer/Listen Again facility yet again
- Some users will have to download fresh applications, and some may not even be able to receive it at all.
- They've messed around with the Radio 2 webpages again - they've gone all David Dickinson (orange)


There you go. Top marks.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Suffice to say the iplayer is a moving target- users might experience some disruption.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

R2Icon wrote:
Suffice to say the iplayer is a moving target- users might experience some disruption.


Yesterday, like in one of those mind reading/predicting the future type shows you sometimes see on telly, I made a prediction: it's right here in a sealed brown envelope..... I shall open it now.... drum roll........ tanaah!!!! It says.... On the 10th October ( that's today) the Alex Lester Show will be missing from the I-player.....


See! Disruption.

I hate being right all the time. It's a curse.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The home page is displaying as "On Now... Johnnie Walker's Long Player"
Don't build your hopes up - click and it's cuddly Ken as usual.
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