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.

There’s More to Online Videos than YouTube!

It may be used by millions of people worldwide everyday but lets face it, there’s a lot of crap on there. If you want your 3 minute doc to be taken seriously and viewed by people who are really going to appreciate it, then YouTube is probably not the best place to stick it.

So where else can people view your creative piece of work?

You might consider MySpace Film , but it’s debatable whether this would be any better than using YouTube.

Alternatively, Vimeo is a much ‘cleaner’ website, and even supports High Definition.  

Another  place you may want to upload your film to is Blip.tv. Your video will be seen in high Flash quality on this website, and you can also build websites and video channels using it.

Or maybe you could upload it to Archive.org’s Moving Image Library. This site is used by a community of intelligent people with a shared interest in Open Media, and may therefore offer more constructive reviews than any comments made on YouTube.

You can even earn money from your video. Metacafe prides itself on being a different sort of video site. It won’t just post any and every video, and it will pay you for creating and submitting ‘exceptionally entertaining original works’ as part of it’s Producer Rewards Program.

Revver is another video hosting site where your video can bring monetary gain. How? They’ll stick a targeted ad right next it. So if this doesn’t bother you, Revver will split the revenue 50/50 when someone clicks on or even just views the ad associated with your film.

If factual content is your passion, then Current is the place where the users make the news. In addition to the opportunity of getting some feedback on your work if you upload your video here, you may even progress to their very own TV channel.  

So when it comes to sharing your film with the rest of the world, maybe it’s worth researching your options before just plonking it on the most obvious.

Learn About the ‘Psychology of Facebook’

Professor B J Fogg of Stanford University can help you do this. He has a whole course based on it.

“The Psychology of Facebook” class at the university in California delves into what Professor Fogg describes as ‘a new form of mass interpersonal persuasion’.

He said the pivotal moment came when he watched an application on the site go from “literally zero to more than a million users in a week”.  (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7357934.stm)

You can even join the Professor’s very own Facebook group!

Facebook and The Youth Generation

I have finally joined the ranks of the Facebook world. Whilst I am still unsure as to whether I have done the right thing. I am adamant that my old school crew and work colleagues will not find me because whatever happens on a night out remains a distant memory for me and those involved.

What I find fascinating is that it seems acceptable that in today’s society to go out get drunk and have it documented on Facebook for the whole world to see. Even if you’ve not taken the pictures yourself you can be sure a friend has and will tag you into the photos. Is this really such a good idea? Especially as the older generation are becoming more Internet savvy.

Do you really want your boss or parents looking at pictures for you when you’re a little not looking your best?

Recently, a girl from work went on holiday with her fiance and then the week she was due back to work rang in and said she was ill with stress. What she failed to remember was that she had posted her photos on Facebook of her holiday. The general consensus was that she didn’t look stressed at all. She then apparently handed in her notice two weeks later, but after the rumor mill at work had been gossping on overdrive about her so  called ‘stress’. Combined with her reputation for being lazy would she have been welcomed back with open arms. I doubt it! Especially with the new managament team assessing the current worth of its employees.

Whilst I still think Facebook is good in principal I sure not sure I want the whole world viewing my escaped on-line thanks of a friend with a camera who a little too snap happy for my liking.

I have friends who work in the theatre industry who are dreading this year’s panto season and the return of Mr Barrowman. My friends unfortunately all have to wear name badges which members of the public then remember and search for them on Facebook. They are then in-dated with bizarre questions about Mr Barrowman and what it’s like to work with him.

Whilst that seems fairly innocent to some people I personally find that a little disturbing but I guess you could say that some of Mr Barrowman’s fans are just little strange. But hey that’s a whole new blog post. Maybe in six months time I  feel differently about Facebook but right now I am still a little unsure about this see all and tell form of social networking. Especially where young people are concerned!

A Year Without Lying: The Complete Kant Experience

In today’s Guardian in the G2 magazine there was an article about a man who plans to live for a year without lying. He is following the principals of the Philosopher Immanuel Kant who believed that telling lies was always morally wrong.

Cathal Morrow the man who sent himslef this challenge is attempting to uphold Kant’s philosophy and live without lying. Morrow who gave up his job in IT recruitment to write a novel see it published has so far been unsuccessful in his endeavours. However, for his new novel instead of using the traditional avenues of sending out his manscript to various publishers he used interactive media to find a publisher.

He visted the European social networking site ‘A Small World’ and found a publisher who was willing to finance his idea in return to half the profits of the book.

What I found interesting about this article that he used a social networking as his starting point in trying to find a publisher. 

Marrow’s experiences can be followed on The Complete Kant website.