One of the greater technological disappointments I’ve had is my DAB radio. I’m a big radio listener – I have Radio 4 on for about 9 hours a day – but I’ve never really enjoyed DAB. There’s some great content there, like 6 Music and Radio 4 Extra (originally Radio 7), but the problem has… Read More Give us DABplus, Auntie
The outgoing Director General of the BBC recently announced plans for something called Project Barcelona, essentially a download store for material from the BBC archives. At the moment, you can watch most BBC programmes for seven days after broadcast, free of charge via iPlayer. In a few cases, a whole series may be available for… Read More WTF … should I pay to download BBC programmes?
I posted a couple of weeks ago about the impending broadcast of Strictly Come Dancing in 3D, and I thought a few readers might be interested to know how it all worked out. The 3D broadcast on BBC HD was preceded by a screen explaining to viewers how to set their TV to the appropriate… Read More Strictly in 3D – bandwidth
During last Saturday’s show, the presenters of Strictly Come Dancing made much of the fact that the final will be broadcast in 3D. A look at the comments on the website for the show reveals that quite a lot of viewers are rather confused about whether or not they’ll be able to watch in high… Read More Strictly Come Dancing in 3D
Last week I had the pleasure of a trip to Manchester, where I’ve not been since the tail end of the 20th century. I was invited by the BBC to look round their R&D North Lab, which is one of the three locations where the Corporation works on a range of research, from digital production… Read More Inside the den of the hot geeks
I’m intending to write a bit more about the BBC Research people in the near future, but I thought I’d just flag up a well deserved award that they received last week, at the annual IBC show in Amsterdam. IBC is where you’ll find many of the latest developments in broadcasting, and it was two… Read More A well deserved win for BBC R&D
The BBC has just posted a useful blog addressing some of the issues regarding surround sound, and confirming that it won’t be until April of next year that transcoding is mandatory. If you don’t have time to digest all the other information on this site to work out what that means, here’s the Executive Summary:… Read More BBC blog on surround sound for FreeviewHD