500 million Virgin Pieces!

Virgin TV

Virgin TV

No, before you inform the authorities about some kind of Virgin mass sacrifice in the woods of Wisconsin or something, I’m talking Internet TV…..calm now? Good.

So what’s 500 million the pieces? This is the pieces of broadband video content last year viewed on virgin, with the BBC’s iPlayer accounting for almost 20% of programmes watched!! Wow, that much! Yes!

This once again re alliterating the push of Internet TV as a forerunner in the way in which we consume TV now.

This is all coming with news of last months crash of Kangeroo, the joint venture between BBC, ITV and Channel 4 which has left the channels to rethink their strategies, with channel 4 following suit with an online version of its 4oD service.

Although I think the BBC is just cushy where it is….who knows perhaps somesort of TV integrated with the Internet might come along to help?….


The Internet saves the day!…


Crufts, that beloved dog show broadcast on the BBC for more than 40 years, will/was not this year, due to claims that it bred unhealthy dogs.

However that didn’t stop Crufts who looked for the help of Sunset+Vine, who will produce a live television feed to be shown on the Crufts site: www.crufts.org.uk free of charge and a catch-up video-on-demand service costing £1.99 per day or £9.99 for complete access until the service is closed at the end of March.

So once again the internet steps in when TV cant or in this case won’t. Another example of how we have found and been given more ways to watch television on an interactive level.

Give that dog a bone!


TV is evolving…

Internet Television

Internet Television

Yep, you heard me just like in natural selection, those that don’t evolve to adapt the new environment simply get left behind or are picked of one by one by it’s stronger rivals and predators.

What do I mean by this? Well let me explain.

With the launch of Samsungs new internet-enabled TV in partnership with Yahoo in the spring, which basically allows users to access the Internet while watching TV, we have to ask ourselves how true is the idea that TV broadcasting will move to the internet. Well it’s true in some sense as we have seen with the BBC’s own Frankenstein iPlayer, BBC themselves were even surprised. Although VOD services have clinched it back as we have seen in the previous blog on iPlayers virgin success.

However, we still go to the internet to reach those out limits which the TV cannot provide…..until now.

It seems the physical TV is trying to reclaim it’s top spot by incorporating the internet into its new wardrobe of features. It doesn’t stop there Myspace has also revealed it is to be the First Social network on TV.  The new TV application framework called the Widget Channel, co-developed by Intel and Yahoo will make it possible for internet streams to come through the television.

MySpace users will be able to “receive friend updates, read and reply to messages, receive friend requests, publish status and mood updates, see updates from friends and browse profiles and photos”

The Samsung and Yahoo partnership means viewers can access a wide-range of web-based channels or websites powered by the Yahoo Widget Engine through a TV set.

But how will this change anything? Will we still run to our computer to watch youtube or visit our favourite social networks leaving the television gathering dust or with this change will the TV once again be cool and unneglected?

Is this an evolutiuon that reflects it’s envirmoent or simply an aethic modification to better itself and stand out. Is it more peacock than eagle?

BBC iPlayer

bbc iPlayer

bbc iPlayer

BBC iPlayer is a website which allows you to catch up with programmes which have been shown on BBC channels in the last 7 days. It allows users to watch them on the website through Click to Play (streaming). This works on Windows, Macs, Linux, Nintendo Wii and iPhones etc. Examples of working on iPhones, Windows and Nintendo Wii’s will be shown in the next few weeks on my blog posts. BBC iPlayer only allows viewers to watch their own BBC TV Content from the past 7 days for United Kingdom users. It also allows them to download TV programmes and store them on to users’ computers for up to 30 days if their computer supports the BBC iPlayer Download Manager. For outside of the UK users can only listen to the BBC radio programmes.

iplayer bbc

iplayer bbc

Picture A.

As you can see in picture A, “s” means subtitle. When you press this button it will automatically show subtitles and when you press it again the subtitle will go. In the interactive way it is not much to allow audiences to play with compared to Hulu. It is not allowing audiences to leave comments or open a topic to discuss for example. The videos are able to watch in two different qualities: normal and high quality. High quality requires fast internet connections of at least 1Mbps.

iplayer interactive BBC

iplayer interactive BBC

Picture B

Picture B shows the BBC iPlayer’s comparisons other TV websites in which it allows people to share this link with other networks such as Del.icious, Facebook, Digg, Reddit and others.