Media

Content Producers and Developers Devaluing Their Work Through Business Models

This is something that’s been bugging me for a while. It’s something that started with multimedia but has now found its way onto Apple’s app store. I’m talking of the recent trend of charging per device or per medium. My first experience of this was with BSKYB when I upgraded my satellite system to high […]

What Should I Do, Sky?

Last night I put off going to bed so I could watch the Women’s Skeleton in the Winter Olympics.  There was a chance of Britain picking up an unlikely gold medal (we did!).  As the night hours turn into the morning hours, and the skeleton enters its final runs, my Sky+ HD receiver decided to […]

Apple and the Record Labels Get Charitable for Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day 2009 is upon us and all around the UK people are donning wigs and plastic noses and doing “something funny for money”. If you’re not familiar with Red Nose Day, also known as Comic Relief, it’s a UK-wide event, orchestrated by the BBC that raises money for various national and international charities. […]

BBC Helps Push Adobe Air Mainstream

When the BBC initially launched the iPlayer, it was a Windows only service that used Windows DRM to baffle its users.  At the time, the BBC stated, and then retracted, and then was forced into restating that a download version of the iPlayer would be available on OSX and Linux machines before the end of […]

Macworld 2008 – AppleTV 2 and iTunes Movie Rentals UK Prices and Specs

Oddly for a Steve Jobs keynote, he started the Apple TV/iTunes Movie Rentals section on a negative point.  Movies and the Apple TV aren’t performing as well as they hoped, apparently.  I’m not quite sure what they were hoping for, seeing as iTunes has more sales than the rest of the competition put together, but […]

How Can Apple Continually Upstage an Entire Industry?

Apple always appear to create huge amounts of buzz without really trying. So what tactics do they use? And how have they managed to upstage an entire industry two years in a row?

iPlayer Flash – Review

Today, the BBC launched a Flash version of the controversial iPlayer. So how does it stack up given the all round beating the download based iPlayer took? The first thing is that the iPlayer is now cross platform. Well, cross platform in as much as it uses Macrodobe’s Flash technology which, while still proprietary, at […]

How to Kill a Community?

Building a community of loyal, active readers is difficult, time consuming process fraught with dangers. So why, in the last 24 hours, have two major online publications put the loyalty of their communities in jeopardy? I’m not comparing the two cases, one is simply questionable behaviour while the other is downright despicable. So what am […]

Common Sense Prevailing? iPlayer in Flash?!?

I’ve been highly critical of the BBC’s iPlayer in the past.  Not only did it have some very obvious failings, including the interface and confusing DRM, but it was also tied to Microsoft Windows XP.  Well, not any more.  Mashable is reporting (without a source I might add) that the BBC have signed a deal […]

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