BBC R&D launches new interactive drama for Amazon Alexa

BBC Research and Development has launched a new interactive drama for Amazon Alexa, based on English novelist BS Johnson’s experimental 1969 work The Unfortunates. The drama is a reworked version of a BBC Radio 3 play starring Martin Freeman and listeners can access it for free by asking Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant to ‘enable The Unfortunates’. It […]

BBC R&D teams up with Vewd for HbbTV 2.0 demo

BBC R&D has teamed up with OTT technology outfit Vewd and semiconductor specialist MediaTek to showcase its latest Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) advancements in content substitution at IBC. Content substitution involves delivering personalized content – audio or video – to viwers, for example at the end of a particular broadcast show, which then switches back […]

BBC R&D claims solution to ‘World Cup iPlayer lag’

The BBC’s research and development arm claims to have solved latency issues when streaming content live over the web, compared to watching it on broadcast TV. After complaints that iPlayer viewers experienced delays of up to 30 seconds while watching World Cup football matches online this summer, the BBC says it has come up with […]

BBC R&D to showcase advances in dynamic content substitution

The BBC’s research and development arm is due to showcase its latest work in personalising TV broadcasts by mixing internet-delivered and broadcast video at IBC this year. The BBC is investigating non-commercial use cases for what it calls ‘dynamic content substitution,’ as opposed to the dynamic ad substitution that is being explored by some commercial […]

BBC R&D explores idea of a ‘Public Service Internet’

The BBC’s Research and Development arm is exploring ways in which the internet can be adapted to better serve public interests. The new generation of BBC R&D projects, dubbed ‘Public Service Internet,’ will see the UK public service broadcaster advancing the idea of an internet where public service activity is much easier than it is […]

BBC makes first live UHD, HDR broadcast on iPlayer

The BBC has streamed its first live event in Ultra High Definition (UHD) and High Dynamic Range (HDR) on BBC iPlayer Beta. The broadcast took place at the weekend and was a live-stream of a Rugby League match between the York City Knights and Catalans Dragons. “It’s the first time we’ve streamed a live event […]

BBC R&D delivers ‘significant value’ to the wider industry

The BBC’s research and development division, BBC R&D, delivered “significant value” to viewers, the corporation, the wider industry and the UK economy, according to a new cost-benefit analysis by the public broadcaster. In a comprehensive review of its R&D activity, the BBC said it “conservatively estimates” that for every pound spent by BBC R&D it […]

BBC R&D launches object-based radio drama

The BBC’s research and development arm has launched an interactive, object-based radio drama on BBC Taster – the corporation’s home for new ideas. The Mermaid’s Tears lets listeners choose to follow one of three characters, and as they move around the listener hears different perspectives on the story. BBC R&D collaborated with BBC Radio Drama […]

New event video streaming technology tested at Edinburgh Fringe

Singapore and UK-based satellite equipment provider Global Invacom Group has carried out the first live tests of a new technology that it says enables live, high-quality, large-scale event video streaming over a WiFi network. The technology, Bx-WiFi, was developed through a partnership with the BBC Research & Development, and the University of Hertfordshire, under a […]

TV Connect 2017: BBC and Opera showcase HbbTV 2 content syncing

The BBC is partnering with Opera TV to showcase a number of HbbTV 2  implementations at TV Connect this week relating to syncing content. The engineering prototypes include a synchronisation between a companion app and an adaptive bitrate MPEG DASH stream playing on the TV – showing that the same syncing technology works for streamed […]