Posts Tagged ‘BBC’

SeeSaw launched

Friday, January 29th, 2010

After Project Kangaroo was shut down, the technology was bought up by Arqiva and re-branded as SeeSaw. Since then they have been working on content agreements with various providers, and now have agreements with 4oD, Five and BBC Worldwide, and are working on more agreements with other providers. (more…)

BBC iPlayer on the Xbox

Monday, November 30th, 2009

bbx_xboxThere was an interesting article in The Telegraph over the weekend which claimed that the BBC will not be bringing the iPlayer to the Xbox 360, unlike the PS3 and Wii which already have excellent integration. It is claimed that this is because Microsoft are demanding that it only be made available to Xbox Gold subscribers, and the BBC are saying that that is unreasonable. As you will see from my post about Sky integration, I’m really down on requiring Xbox gold membership to access services like that. Gold membership should be about getting you access to servers that run online gaming. It should not be about bringing you access to third party software that is free elsewhere. Well done BBC for sticking up to Microsoft, and I hope Sky see sense too.

Of course if you want to watch iPlayer on the Xbox 360, just install TunerFreeMCE on your PC and access it via Media Center. The latest version of TunerFreeMCE includes wmv streaming of BBC programs, so works great on extenders like the Xbox 360 too.

BBC iPlayer mobile on vodafone 3G

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

iPlayer mobleThe BBC have had an iPlayer widget available for a few mobiles, including a nice widget for Nokia phones. It has worked great on my N85 for quite some time now, but only when connected with wifi. I assumed that was an automatic restriction since whenever I clicked on play when not in wifi, it told me that it only worked over wifi. I had also played with editing the javascript in the widget and had success with version 1.5, but not version 1.6.

I was therefore amazed to read this post on the bbc blog today in which it claims that both Vodafone and 3 support watching BBC iPlayer mobile over 3G. I did some playing with the settings, and discovered why I haven’t got it to work in the past. I always select the Vodafone Internet GPRS access point when accessing any online functionality, because it is typically a more open network. It turns out though that the BBC iPlayer treats that as a non-Vodafone 3G connection. If you change the streaming setting in Real Player to use the Voadafone Live access point, and connect to the iPlayer widget with the Vodafone Live access point, you can watch iPlayer over 3G on your Vodafone mobile. Fantastic! Just remember to go in and set the access point for real player back to something else for watching other content (seriously Nokia – that one’s a disgrace.)

The only thing that doesn’t work is that the walled garden of Vodafone Live doesn’t allow you access to the thumbnail pictures when browsing the programs, but hey, you can’t have everything can you?

Unfortunatly the bbc live mobile site still doesn’t work on the N85. No idea why, since it has more codecs than the phones that do support it, but I think the BBC just aren’t interested in the device. N96 seems to be their preferred Nokia.

Flash in windows media center

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Since my TunerFreeMCE code has been out there for almost a year now, I have picked up a fair bit of experience of playing flash on windows media center.

Most of the TV companies who provide flash video do so using the Akamai tech stack to secure and stream their content. They build their own custom flash players on top of that to provide their own flavour to the players, e.g. related videos and so on. The probably intentional side effect of this is that it is really not trivial to get in to their flash streams and do anything with it. It’s not like the have an rtmp url easily accessible for you to get hold of. There are ways of doing it, but not easily. There is for example a project on sourceforge called rtmpdump ( which allows you to download flash videos from the BBC and from Hulu. (more…)

Project Kangaroo looses it’s bounce

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Kangaroo from Walka Water WorksSorry. I just couldn’t resist a pun. Perhaps the loss of future pun opportunities is the saddest thing about the demise of this project. Anyway, as noted on my main site, Project Kangaroo was shut down by the competition commission today.

Of course, if you are using TunerFree MCE, you probably don’t care that much – you already have a single interface for all of the UK content, so this wouldn’t have added anything new. From my perspective though, it’s hard to say if it is a good or a bad thing. If they had produced a single way of handling on-demand TV, it would have made my life much easier when producing a media center interface for it. On the other hand, if they had used their combined might to increase the protection in the system, they could have shut me out completley. Perhaps it’s best for all media center users that this didn’t happen after all.
Creative Commons License photo credit: Tasumi1968