Today was another big day in BBCi land thanks to the latest launch from one of the projects I work on. Although you probably won't notice any difference...
Posts about Interactive TV
You should always know what your competitors are up to. Which is why I spent some time the other morning flicking around between Sky Text and Teletext on my Freeview box at work.
It feels like just as I'm winding down slightly at work in preperation for having next week off (hurray!), the launches and the changes have been ramping up! Yesterday it was removing TV and Radio listings, today it was improving them as we relaunched our What's On Service on DTT (or Freeview if you must).
On Wednesday we killed off the TV and radio listings on the satellite version of BBCi.
I totally missed this cos no one actually told me, but finally it's complete. Yes, the new BBCi bridge launched on NTL's Bromley network on Tuesday 8 November - a whole six months after it went out on Telewest.
There's now an indepth report on the analogue TV switch off trial that recently occurred in Ferryside, Wales. It's quite a long document but it was the small section on digital text services that caught by eye - especially the user reactions to them in a world where they'd be unable to get Ceefax.
NTL's customers in the Langley region got our new look BBCi just over a month ago. Well on BBC One and BBC Two anyway. Until yesterday when they finally got the almost full suite with all the other BBC channels now having access to BBCi when the user presses their red button. Except on BBC Parliament - technical problem or somet.
Today saw the end of one of the great usability problems of digital text. Yes, you can now press the TEXT button on ITV1 and something actually happens.
Today I got a sense of closure. Almost. A project we all stopped working on nearly two months ago, finally went up. Well almost. Yes, today half of NTL got the rebranded bridge.
Is it really a year ago that the BBC's statement of programme policy proclaimed that we'd launch something called QuickCodes on an unsuspecting world?