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3D failure: BBC abandoning 3D after broadcast trial meets viewer apathy

3D failure: BBC abandoning 3D after broadcast trial meets viewer apathy

3D television has effectively been a failure, the BBC has conceded, revealing that it plans to take at least a three year break from creating 3D content after a current two-year pilot finishes at the end of 2013. "I have never seen a very big appetite for 3D television in the UK" Kim Shillinglaw, the BBC's 3D chief, confirmed to the Radio Times, despite the UK broadcaster experimenting with various types of entertainment, sport, natural history, and more in 3D.

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BBC brings iPlayer to Windows Phone 8

BBC brings iPlayer to Windows Phone 8

If you're a fan of BBC programming and use a Windows Phone 8 smartphone, BBC has announced that its iPlayer is now available for you to enjoy. While you may be thinking, cool a new app, this offering isn't an app as you might expect. BBC calls it an application, but it's a shortcut to the mobile optimized website, live tile, and media player.

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BBC reveals IllumiRoom style immersive video tech

BBC reveals IllumiRoom style immersive video tech

The BBC has been working on its own version of Microsoft's IllumiRoom technology, a seven year project that creates immersive viewing by projecting wide-angle content around a central display. The technology, which the BBC describes as "surround video", has been simmering in the broadcaster's R&D labs since 2006, division director Alia Sheikh says, and in fact has already been used to film a live-action movie.

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BBC fans the fanboy flames with streaming snark

BBC fans the fanboy flames with streaming snark

It took the BBC six months to bring its iPlayer Radio app over from iOS to Android, but the results are even better than on the iPhone, at least according to the corporation's executive producer for mobile. Stoking the never-ending Android/iOS fanboy arguments, the BBC's James Simcock says the app - which brings streaming radio both live and on-demand, as well as behind-the-scenes videos - features improvements that "make it even better" than the first-gen software for iPhone released back in October.

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Three BBC Twitter accounts hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

Three BBC Twitter accounts hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

BBC had three of its Twitter accounts hacked early this morning by a group that calls itself the Syrian Electronic Army, which accessed its BBC Weather, BBC Arabic, and Radio Ulster accounts to post somewhat strange public proclamations. The tweets have since been deleted, and BBC is back to being in control of its social accounts.

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Apple’s Jony Ive nabs legendary gold Blue Peter badge

Apple’s Jony Ive nabs legendary gold Blue Peter badge

The CBBC's Blue Peter program is the world's longest running television program made specifically for children, run after 54 years as a magazine / entertainment show for learning and engaging with kids. This show has this week prepared an award for none other than Apple's Sir Johnathan Ive, here sending the designer off with the show's "highest accolade." Though those of you outside the UK may never have heard of this show (thumbs down to you), this award has stricken Ive (born in Chingford, London) as "absolutely incredible."

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BBC launches improved iPlayer for Android, will steadily increase quality in 2013

BBC launches improved iPlayer for Android, will steadily increase quality in 2013

The BBC has been fairly regularly updating its iPlayer for Android app, with a release having come out in October, and now another update having just been rolled out that adds new support and better image quality. Rather than just push out a new update and call it a day, however, BBC went on to state in the announcement that Android is "extremely important," and that it will be rolling out a series of regular updates to improve the player's quality and performance.

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BBC Connected Red Button blurs line between TV and web content

BBC Connected Red Button blurs line between TV and web content

UK broadcaster the BBC has launched Connected Red Button, further blending web TV with live broadcasting, and kicking things off with an appearance on Virgin Media TiVo boxes. The new service redresses existing BBC internet TV features like iPlayer, BBC News, Sport, Weather, and other content including local, into a new interface suited for big-screen browsing, and in a curated fashion which the BBC claims will cut down on choice-overload.

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Sky+ adds BBC iPlayer for on-demand entertainment

Sky+ adds BBC iPlayer for on-demand entertainment

Sky UK has added the BBC's iPlayer video-on-demand service to Sky+, the first time the VoD system has been enabled on the satellite provider's boxes. Requiring a Sky+ HD set-top box, and with content showing up in the Sky On Demand section of the DVR, the new iPlayer addition uses roughly the same interface as its browser-based version, only now no longer requires a laptop be hooked up to the TV.

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Jelly Bean update hits for BBC iPlayer

Jelly Bean update hits for BBC iPlayer

If you're a fan of BBC programming and use an Android smartphone you will be glad to hear that BBC has offered up the new version of its iPlayer app. The new version of the app makes it compatible with the features of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The updated app also brings with it some other nice and interesting features that fans of the app will appreciate.

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BBC iPlayer Radio app launched for phones, tablets and PCs

BBC iPlayer Radio app launched for phones, tablets and PCs

The BBC has launched a new app dedicated to streaming radio, with the new iPlayer Radio app able to wake you up for your favorite show, play back on-demand content, all with an intuitive interface. Navigated through a virtual "dial" on the touchscreen of an iOS or, eventually, Android device, or via mouse on the PC version, the iPlayer Radio app supports alarms for live broadcasts.

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BBC rumored to have Playlister music streaming service in the works

BBC rumored to have Playlister music streaming service in the works

BBC has done very well with it streaming video player called iPlayer. Hordes of computer and mobile device users who enjoy BBC television programs use iPlayer to catch up on their favorite shows on the go. Reports are coming in that BBC is eyeing the launch of a new music streaming service.

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