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BBC reaches out to audiences via Nokia N96
Tuesday 09 September 2008 11:22:14 by Andrew Ferguson

The loved by some and loathed by others BBC iPlayer is set to increase the number of platforms it will run on in October 2008 when it will be available for the Nokia N96 mobile phone.

The service will be download based, rather than streaming which should avoid jittery playback due to the variations in mobile coverage. The use of downloads is important as it will allow people to download data over cheaper Wi-Fi connections at home or at Wi-Fi hotspots. While mobile data costs are dropping with the arrival of mobile broadband, tariffs for mobile handsets can often be more restrictive as to what is included in bundled web usage, so ensure you check with your network provider what the costs are before using 3G or GPRS on your handset to catch-up on EastEnders while commuting to or from work.

The BBC is not the only broadcaster trying to reach out to people on the move, the Go!View service which Sony and Sky operate targets the Sony PSP. The difference with BBC services is that because of the unique licence fee that funds the BBC the reaction of the public is very likely to be one of why doesn't the BBC focus on producing content, rather than producing more ways of repeating the same content.

With the wide number of platforms that can play video in existance perhaps the BBC should rather than continuing to develop the various iPlayer interfaces, reduce the price of downloading content that BBC Worldwide makes available via iTunes. Video and audio purchased or downloaded for free (as many BBC podcasts are) can already be transferred onto wide range number of mobile devices. Nokia even has a video tutorial showing how to do this for their mobile phones.

Comments

Posted by jchamier over 8 years ago
The BBC should really get the iPlayer working on the PS3 using the high quality streams. The third party site (ps3iplayer.com) works well, but actually shows how low quality the streams are. The version for the iPod Touch (or iPhone) is better!
Posted by mishminx over 8 years ago
Ho-hum... Poor old aunties going viral. Not unlike the pox she wants to ensure that everyone gets their daily dose.

What next, Ready steady cook on the smart fridge, a washer/dryer with inbuilt digital life blog reader. or How about a bit of old Grossman on the microwave? Naturally bbc3 will have the oven. That way they can do a top 100 countdown of celebs who should have put their heads in it. XD
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
Yeah mishminx how dare the BBC develop their service, thats so out of order forcing you to use it..... Oh no hang on a moment... Its choice, you dont have to use it at all.
Posted by Whomsoever over 8 years ago
If i-player worked without stalling on my broadband/computer, it would be good. I can receive other stuff- why not this? And then there's messing about with the Proms, but that's another topic...
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
quote"If i-player worked without stalling on my broadband/computer, it would be good. I can receive other stuff- why not this? And then there's messing about with the Proms, but that's another topic..."

Best ask your ISP, i can watch Iplayer streams and download content with no issues of stalling or buffering at all. I doubt your issue is anything to do with the beeb and more to do with the rubbish connection your ISP provides
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