Tuesday, 3 March 2009

BBC experiments with real-time content

The BBC is publicly testing an interesting online project called BBC News Radar, an online app that displays the latest BBC news and updates in a simple and streamlined format, similar to the microblogging phenomenon Twitter. On the BBC Journalist Labs blog, Jake MacMullin, the developer behind the app, revealed that the BBC might even consider placing it permanently on the BBC website.

Now, it’s quite interesting to see mainstream media like the BBC is taking the initiative to introduce real-time content. With the web constantly grappling for our dwindling attention, it kind of makes sense for content providers to offer more concise and speedy content updates. With technology improvements increasingly delivering content to the user instantly, there’s no doubt that real-time content will be favoured in future.

Here at ANT, we’ve already begun to see demand for this type of concise news content to be delivered direct to the TV. In fact, we’ll be demonstrating something that meets this demand in a couple of weeks time at the IPTV World Forum in London.

If you’re planning to attend the show why not pay us a visit, we’ll be at stand number 70.

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