Great to see some new stats from Nielsen about the use of mobile video – especially amongst teenagers.
Their latest numbers are showing major usage and growth in the 13-17 area. These figures are for the US and some unofficial stats I’ve seen for the UK indicate they may be even higher. Interesting and short full details here: http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/online_mobile/americans-watching-more-tv-than-ever/
BBC Mobile (which I’m the managing editor of) has been lucky to get alot of recognition over the last few weeks. Sure, I’m bragging – the stuff we do is great – and its great to see everyone who I work with getting some recognition for the work we all do everyday.
.net award - click to enlarge
We won the Mobile Site of the Year award where the judges said: “BBC Mobile is an attempt to squeeze Britain’s biggest website onto some of the smallest screens around. The incredible thing about it is: it works’. “ Here’s a screen grab since the awards themselves aren’t posted on the website.
However, in some ways it was more interesting to me to see another award the BBC won in these awards.
The BBC iPlayer also won the Web Application of the Year Award. More great news for the Beeb, of course. I worked on the very first BBC iPlayer team many years ago and seeing it live and winning awards has been great.
The really interesting this about this award though is that the photo in the foreground is of BBC iPlayer on mobile. Awesome stuff and I think this just shows how in the last year the boundaries between web content on mobile and web conent made for desktop PCs is blurring. I think it sets us up for a really exciting year where the wealth of content and services available on mobiles will increase dramatically, as will usage. I also think it could be one of the drivers for making mobile AV go mainstream – and I certainly hope so.
.net award - click to enlarge
Now THIS is what I’m talkin’ ’bout – I just found out that a photo I took a few years ago and put onto Flickr under a Creative Commons license (so that anyone else can use it as long as they attribute appropriately, etc) has been used in a GREAT Election Day video.
Full details here.
It’s the beauty of Creative Commons – someone, doing something creative and for good with work they never could have had access to under traditional copyright rules.
I’m not saying that I’m opposed to Copyright, just that this great creativity that doesn’t damage my intellectual property is something great that Creative Commons enables.
Now GET OUT AND VOTE (if you’re American that is)!
The team I work with has just launched the BBC’s on-demand player on Nokia’s new phone – the N96 – and I have to say I think its super cool. I was really excited when I saw this outdoor marketing for it last night while I was cycling home. When you work with lots of digital content and services, its nice to see something physical, in the real world recognising what you do.
The BBC iPlayer has been available on the iPhone for a while now but this is the “next step” (as my boss says) for what we’re doing in this space. Stay tuned.
BBC iPlayer on N96