BBC iPlayer Day

Everyone in the UK will have heard of the BBC iPlayer (external link). All of the adverts in between programmes include at least a brief mention of the iPlayer and what it does. For those not living in the UK or who are unfamiliar with the BBC iPlayer, it essentially allows UK citizens to access all of the BBC's vast amounts of online content in one place.

I use it a lot (much more than I use regular TV) and it's strange to think that the iPlayer only came out less than a year ago. (It was actually released on Christmas day 2007. No idea why they chose that day.) During this time, lots of things have changed with the service: it now supports streaming of all programmes, you can now get it on mobile phones (including the iPhone), and lots of other little improvements.

One of the blogs I subscribe to is the BBC Internet Blog (external link) which has lots of behind-the-scene information about what goes on at the BBC with their Internet and new media services. This includes BBC HD (external link), (external link), and the iPlayer. To celebrate the (almost) first birthday of the iPlayer, they devoted an entire day to it, posting a blog entry every hour of the day. Loads of nice information was posted, such as how they make it work with such high traffic loads (external link), how they are improving the quality of BBC Radio (external link), and user feedback (external link) throughout the day from the comments and Twitter.

One of my favourite posts (external link), however, was a video interview of Anthony Rose, who is the head of Online Media, which makes him the head of, BBC search, the iPlayer, and anything else from the BBC online. He talks about the initial problems of the iPlayer, how they were solved, and what's coming next. The upcoming improvements include social features, cross platform downloading based on Adobe Air (I gasped when I heard that one), and loads of personalisation stuff.

Personally, I love the iPlayer and really like seeing what's behind the service and what is coming next. You can read all 24 of the blog posts on the BBC Internet Blog (external link), which has the earliest posts at the bottom of the page.