“Events, dear boy, events.” British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan’s oft-quoted answer when asked what he most feared as a politician seems worth dusting down when considering the departure of the BBC’s Director-General George Entwistle less than two months into his job. Running the UK’s largest media company comes with numerous challenges, but no-one was prescient enough to predict that the vile abuses of a BBC TV personality from the 1970s would ultimately have spiralled into a crisis that has led to Entwistle’s demise, with other big hitters likely to follow. The BBC, incredibly, has gone in a matter of weeks from a much-loved national institution, basking in the glow of a triumphal summer Olympics, to an organisation in meltdown, beset by crisis upon crisis.
As spectrum efficiency becomes ever more important, UK public broadcaster the BBC is teaming up with equipment vendors Huawei and Qualcomm and mobile operator EE to demonstrate the benefits that multicast 4G broadcast can offer compared with unicast streaming.
As LTE signals the next wave of mobile connectivity technology, operators and content providers are busy exploring how the introduction of 4G services changes how users interact with the world wide web while on the go.
Pity the poor folks at the BBC, official broadcaster of the London 2012 Olympic games, who were tasked with trying to calculate how much extra capacity they needed to deliver online video coverage of the world’s biggest televisual event, spanning nearly three weeks.
UK broadcaster the BBC delivered a staggering 2.8Pb (petabytes) of content in a single day during its coverage of the Olympics, peaking at a rate of 700Gbps as cyclist Bradley Wiggins took gold.
A set-top box intended to transform how viewers consume TV has been launched in the UK, two years later than planned. YouView offers subscription-free digital TV and catch-up and will be available in major retailers by the end of July.
The UK’s public service broadcasting organisation, the BBC, has announced that it is to create an independent mobile coverage map of the UK, working in partnership with network analyst firm Epitiro. The broadcaster has developed an Android app in conjunction with Epitiro that, when downloaded by consumers, will feedback data on the availability and strength of signal at different locations throughout the UK.
UK public broadcaster the BBC has been greenlighted to spearhead the development of Project Canvas, an internet TV platform designed to drive supply and demand of online, interactive TV services.
The doors opened Tuesday morning on the 2010 IPTV World Forum, with keynotes from Richard Halton, director of Project Canvas at the BBC, and Richard Young, director of business development at BT Vision.
It’s no wonder the operator community is growing increasingly concerned over the amount of data traffic hitting the networks. This week UK broadcaster the BBC announced record breaking requests for its IPTV-based iPlayer application.
UK broadcaster Channel 4 and internet service provider Talk Talk are the latest companies to join Project Canvas, a joint venture dedicated to developing and running an IPTV platform.
How do top-tier international brands use the mobile channel? The people in charge of mobile for auto manufacturer BMW, airline Lufthansa and UK broadcaster the BBC talk to telecoms.com about how they use mobile to benfefit themselves, their partners and their customers.
BBC Worldwide is tasked with generating revenues from the content created by its public service mother company. This year it launched an advertising proposition on its mobile site and mobile marketing looks set to become a key part of its offering.
UK broadcaster the BBC said Tuesday that it is to make all of its online content available for free across 7,500 wifi hotspots. A deal with wifi network operator The Cloud will allow the public to access all bbc.co.uk content through the provider’s UK hotspot network. The 7,500 hotspots are located at UK locations including [...]
UK mobile operator Orange announced Thursday that the BBC will start providing content for its mobile TV service, Orange TV, beginning April. The company said its customers will be able to watch part of the BBC’s portfolio, including BBC One, BBC Three and BBC News 24 on their mobiles. The move is part of a [...]
The BBC’s iPlayer service will cost UK broadband providers between £399 million (Eur 605m) and £839m in the next five years, according to UK media watchdog, Ofcom. The regulator said that BT and other ISPs using the British incumbent’s wholesale-broadband products are likely to be the hardest hit. Ofcom calculates that each user of the [...]
The BBC Trust has given the broadcaster’s video on demand (VOD) proposal the go ahead but has bowed to pressure from communications regulator Ofcom and imposed conditions on the project. The BBC’s newly installed independent governing body said Wednesday its provisional conclusion is to give the go ahead for new on demand services, but subject [...]
Broadcasting giants, BBC and Sky, dominate the smallest TV screen in the UK, according to a study released Wednesday by research house Telephia. The first wave of findings show that an estimated 33 per cent of all mobile TV and video viewers in the UK watched BBC 1, while 29 per cent watched Sky Sports. [...]