All entries for March 2008

March 13, 2008

Channel 4 support for Public Service Broadcasting

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Interesting report from Channel 4 outlining the future for the channel, especially the announcement of a £50m fund for Public Service broadcasting.

Focussed very much on digital media the initiative will seek to bring together creatives, public organisations and Channel 4 to push forward the development of this content. The money will support content creation but also aggregation of existing content.

What’s nice to see is this statement:

We will challenge many of the broadcaster-centric approaches to commissioning and distributing content that exist within the industry. We will explore different funding and business models. And we will have further opportunities to place the needs, expectations and feedback of audiences at the heart of the projects we invest in, which in turn will create insights that will be relevant for the whole of our output

Which for me is a challenge to public sector organisations to explore how we relate to traditional broadcasters and how we might start to more directly involve ourselves in content production for these channels.

March 12, 2008

YouTube API

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Interesting post on the YouTube blog – especially the bit:

The University of California, Berkeley is bringing free educational content to the world, enhancing their open source lecture capture and delivery system to publish videos automatically into YouTube.

There is a big move in the US to basically open up all sorts of material to the public – an Open Source Education to some extent.

I’m not sure whether the same appetite exists in Europe. Whilst we are very elearning friendly I am not clear of the extent to which the HE community is comfortable with, or even aware of, the idea that we should make public as much as possible of the University experience.

March 10, 2008

FA Cup semi–final draw

Barnsley v Cardiff
West Brom v Portsmouth

Quite possibly the most interesting year for the FA cup in oooh, i don’t know how long.

The semis don’t disappoint either.

West Brom at home have every chance of beating Portsmouth and we might just see a final with no top flight team in it.

Not sure what this says about:

a)the quality of the lower leagues
b)whether premierships clubs are bothered with the FA cup.

Anyhoo – according to the BBC this will be the first year since 1995 that someone other than Arsenal, Man U, Liverpool or Chelsea has won the FA Cup.

Hearing that suddenly makes you realise how bloody dull English Football actually is.

March 07, 2008

Oh ho ho – iplayer hits the iPod Touch

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Hey Hey!

The BBC today launched the iPlayer for the iPod Touch and iPhone.

Joy oh joy oh joy.

Looks and sounds awesome (in my immediate opinion – I remain to be proven wrong in the coming days).

What’s most interesting is the associated blog post where Anthony Rose describes the transcoding process whereby all the lovely BBc programmes make it to the iPlayer for download or streaming.

Those input files are encoded at over 50Mbps which makes them huge – around 25GB per hour of incoming video. With eight BBC TV channels plus 18 regional news broadcasts, that means we need to deal with up to 24 simultaneous incoming programmes, for a peak data rate of over a gigabit per second of incoming video.

It sounds like this is scratching the surface of a pretty impressive process.

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