Who wants to watch programmes on their computer when you've got a nice big television set instead?
Posts about "BBC iPlayer"
Whilst writing on the exciting topic of train-ticket-collection-usability, I was reminded of my own recent example of useless usability.
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I was off work last week with a disturbingly early-in-the-season bout of flu but whilst I was sitting on the sofa watching Star Trek re-runs on Channel One and CBS Action my team quietly launched a new version of BBC iPlayer.
I never seem to manage to keep these up to date these days. Does it matter? Do you care? Is anyone even reading… iPlayer, iTunes succumb to Web2.0rhea – The Register "Apple's iTunes merely needs the option to hide its half-baked social network. For the BBC, the next version of iPlayer should be designed by people who've never used Facebook or Twitter, and don't have an iPhone. Incredible as it may seem, they not only exist, but are the real majority." The Register makes a compelling argument, and as a colleague of mine said… "Watching TV with the family. Isn't that social?" Berney Arms – diamond geezer Ever since I read about this bizarre station in the middle of Norfolk, with its complete lack of road access and a path that goes to the local pub, I've wanted to visit it (and the pub). Now Diamond Geezer's been there and frankly I want to visit it even more (and the pub). Open Source Release of MHEG+ Toolkit – BBC Internet Blog: A couple of years after it was first mooted (whoever said the BBC was slow to do anything?) the MHEG+ toolkit we use in BBC Red Button to build... View Article
Saboteurs? Us? BBC 6 Music denies hijack claim as Archers take a punk hit – guardian.co.uk "Twitter was abuzz with suggestions it was a hijack by disgruntled BBC 6 Music employees who have so far seen their appeals for the station to be saved rebuffed by BBC director general Mark Thompson." Can't deny it. I said the same. Not on Twitter, but I said it. Mind you, I said it as a joke… Red Button and widescreen – BBC Press Red Blog My latest post on the Press Red blog BBC Internet Blog: BBC iPlayer stats for February 2010 For the first time, includes stats for Virgin Media which accounts for over 20% of all iPlayer viewing. No stats for Freesat yet – we've only just built the reporting system! The rise of lazy foods – BBC News Magazine "It's not like chopping an onion requires any great skill, but people tell themselves they are too busy." Always wonder what people think they could be doing with the time they're not spending grating cheese or cutting veg themselves. It must result in a whopping three minutes spare every day!
One of the things I'm always keen to do on large work projects is a bit of user testing - where we get real people to come in, try using our services and see what happens. The idea is to see what works, and more importantly, what doesn't.
Yes on demand may be everywhere, however it appears we do still love our TV sets...
Time to play 'Spot the problem!'
I recently spotted the addition of an option in the BBC iPlayer which asks you if you like the recommendations it shows on the programme page. It's currently an iPlayer Labs thing so isn't normally available.