BBC Director General Mark Thompson has apparently confirmed international iPlayer plans, with the streaming media service expected to launch for non-UK users later in 2011. Speaking at the FT Digital Media & Broadcasting Conference 2011 this morning, Thompson also confirmed that the international iPlayer service would be subscription-based, but that it would be "a few dollars a month - less than $10."
The BBC iPlayer app for iPad will arrive this Thursday, February 10, according to Interactive Operations Engineer Geoff Marshall, though it will only support streaming over WiFi connections. According to the engineer's tweet, the iPlayer for iPad app will allow for catalog browsing over 3G, but demand a WiFi connection if you actually want to view a program.
The patches just keep on coming. Despite the fact that Treyarch has said in the past that it tends to take a month before patches can be issued to consoles, here's patch 1.05 just one week after 1.04 landed on the PlayStation 3. Despite the hot fix that was also released earlier in the week, Treyarch seems to be at a constant race to try and make the multiplayer experience what they wanted it to be, right out of the gate. Unfortunately for PlayStation 3 owners especially, that just hasn't been the case.
GoldenEye: Source, the fan-made conversion modification of Half Life 2, has been knocking about for years, but the team responsible for the redressed retro multiplayer has finally ditched the beta label and released the fully optimized mod. Now up to v4.1, the conversion consists of 22 maps - both the classics from GoldenEye on the N64, and new revisions - and eleven characters, together with over 50 custom music tracks.
The BBC has confirmed that its global iPlayer service will launch as a paid-subscription service when it arrives in 2011, with the first offering being an iPad app. According to Broadcast, BBC.com managing director Luke Bradley-Jones confirmed that the global iPlayer - which allows, in the UK at least, access to the most recent seven days of programming online - would likely migrate to "a hybrid business model" which would combine subscriptions, download to own and pay per view.
LG UK has begun pushing out a NetCast update, bringing services like BBC iPlayer, Twitter and Facebook to owners of its web-enabled HDTVs. The update will be installed automatically when a broadband connection - either wired or wireless - is active, and includes movies on demand from Acetrax, Google Maps access and internet radio to the sets.
Video games creating some kind of controversy isn't new. Ranging from first amendment rights, to whether games are art or not, they manage to get into the news one way or another. For publisher EA and developer Danger Close, their upcoming title Medal of Honor was gaining quite a bit of press, thanks to its multiplayer mode. As EA representatives were putting it, "If someone's the cops, someone's gotta be the robbers." In the case of the upcoming title, that would mean the robbers would have to be Taliban forces, and that's exactly what the developers put into the title. But, activists, military families, and friends of those in the Armed Forces raised their voices, and now the developers have changed their minds, opting for "Opposing Force" rather than "Taliban."
Having a TV in your home isn't what it used to be. With the progression of technology, and the way that we enjoy entertainment expanding every day, TVs have to be able to do more than just simply feed you your standard cable or satellite programming. Now they've got to be able to connect to your WiFi connection, and let you update your favorite social networks whenever you want. And let's not forget streaming video, either. Sony's BRAVIA HDTVs are about to get a major upgrade in that department.
The BBC have updated their iPlayer app to suit the iPad, fresh to UK shores, and the Flash-free tablet can now stream TV and radio via its wireless connection. Where the previous version required Flash support in order to stream to a mobile device, the updated iPlayer gets a finger-friendly interface and iPad-friendly codec.