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Comments on: Better access to audio/video material from BBC News Online… (+ RSS option)

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By: klira

Thu, 13 Dec 2007 09:01:38 +0000

By: Stephen Miller

Mon, 13 Jun 2005 20:43:27 +0000

You might find something called streambox vcr (google/on afterdawn)... The only legal usage is timeshift, i.e. saving something that you would otherwise have watched. This is also the only legitimate usage for a normal VCR too, and covers only one viewing, after which case you are acting illegally. (Whether anyone agrees with that or not is their choice ;))

By: Waldo

Mon, 13 Jun 2005 20:07:03 +0000

Out of curiosity only (of course), where might I find these underground methods of ripping streamed video? Secondly, could this method be used legally for downloading to view on a very old laptop with little processing power or memory?

By: :Ben Metcalfe Blog » Blog Archive » Yahoo! publishes employee blog guidelines

Wed, 01 Jun 2005 20:32:22 +0000

[...] my blog – I think this has been the first critical post about the BBC (other then my own self-criticism of the BBC News AV Player). In fact, I [...]

By: James Boardwell

Mon, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000

This is fab, Ben. Stripping down to the html is a far easier way to navigate around the content as well as pulling it into my reader. It also shows how variable the different players can be - the default settings on my Real player play out the bb stream as a series of stills whilst the Windows Media player plays like 'proper' video only to require lots of pauses to buffer.
Suggestions: Could you rank your feeds according to their popularity ie number of times the file is being served up? Any chance of getting your colleagues in sport to give you their feeds too?

By: Anonymous

Mon, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000

I built the sport console too, it's all from the same templates. I'm sure I'll be producing a sport version very soon ;)

By: Ian Forrester

Mon, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000

Interesting stuff Ben. I personally think this is a step in the right direction, however the whole enclosure (podcasting) idea is really kicking in now. And maybe that might be a better way in the future.

I mean RSS 2.0 has many ways to deal with extra content, beyond using the links. I understand why you have choosen that way, but come on enclosures are a good idea?

On the whole, good stuff...

I agree, I think podcasting is certainly another thing we need to look at. I've already had an oppotunity to discuss this with the BBC News Interactive management team. The problem is that the current BBC-wide audio/video strategy is to stream media rather make it available for download... That obviously negates any possibility to podcast at this time.

I'm sure someone could investigate "ripping" the audio news summary stream [real media] but I fear, as a BBC employee like yourself Ian, that would be pushing the tollerance of my contract to far.


By: Ian Forrester

Mon, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000

No agreed, I kinda of keep wanting to shake the BBC sometimes. We broadcast, its what we do best, lets go and broadcast! But of course its never that simple, as i've learned.

When i think of podcasting, i also think beyond AV content, and extended it out to almost any content. Worth listening to this - - if you have not already.

But as you've idenified, there is already a underground scene for ripping streams and making them available to others. I'm sure our content is very valued in the underground.