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elizabethv
elizabethv
6/27/2016 9:17:09 AM
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Good Move
BBC is a leader in the Europe and even the world. Them making a move like this really only seems logical, if not a little slow on the uptake. Though it is possible they were just waiting to choose something they knew would work with their goals and ideas. This is really the right decision and I sense some exciting changes wil be happening at BBC, even if they have to deal with changes due to Brexit. Though part of me just sits here hoping someone yells "Just kidding!" and this is all just a super-elaborate joke.  

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
6/27/2016 9:58:11 AM
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Timely Move
This makes lot of sense. Pretty logical and timely move by BBC.

And I am sure more companies will follow the suite in coming days.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
6/27/2016 10:05:21 AM
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Re: Timely Move
The MHEG standard was originally developed nearly 20 years ago, before web technologies had started to enter the world of pay-TV. It was designed to work with very basic set-top boxes and was considerably more limited than the current, browser-based interactive platforms.

I am surprised by reading this. So BBC has been using this age old technology even in rceent times? I don't mean to comment, but is this kind of a lag for a company like BBC that has global visibility? I believe so.

And now this move to Hbb TV standards makes lot more sense.

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dcawrey
dcawrey
6/27/2016 11:26:55 AM
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Re: Good Move
Television certainly needs a software upgrade. I think any framework that allows developers to create television applications is really smart for the industry. It sounds like HbbTV could become the standard for television apps in Europe. 

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Ariella
Ariella
6/27/2016 1:21:34 PM
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Re: Timely Move
This would have furnished great material for the W1A show, a comedy presented as a documentary about work at the BBC with one character saying they have to make it better while others nod with their usual "yes, no, brilliant, very strong" typical responses. 

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
6/27/2016 3:55:16 PM
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Re: Good Move
Absolutely agree with you.

I could see HbbTV becoming next MHEG for Europe. I hope HbbTV would keep up the trending needs in its longievity as that appeared to be a lacking factor with MHEG.

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afwriter
afwriter
6/27/2016 5:04:30 PM
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Re: Good Move
Could the BBC be an example of how the UK can work with the EU without being in the EU?

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clrmoney
clrmoney
6/27/2016 5:38:37 PM
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BBC and Europe
I think this is great that BBC and teaming up with European broadcasters which mean they will be better as one.

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
6/27/2016 11:13:41 PM
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I doubt the BBC timed this
Given the long lead time for a tech decision/implementation across millions of devices with a large installed base in place, plus that British tendency to extreme deliberativeness, I would guess this was in the works for quite a while and just now happened to surface (perhaps leaked by a Leave supporter who wanted to keep everything as British as s/he could, or by a Remain supporter trying to demonstrate how integrated things already are).  I would guess it's more coinicidental than deliberate timing.

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Adi
Adi
6/28/2016 12:43:45 AM
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The downside of being a pioneer
The BBC has been looking at a variety of new technologies for TV and radio distribution for a lot longer than most OTT, or even just digital, plays. The downside of this is that you end up inventing the world, because there simply isn't anything available when you started. Then its a legacy issue - everything is set up to work a certain way, do you really want to change it even when something better comes along? But I guess there comes a time when the advanatges of scale and standards are too compelling and then you've got to make the switch. 

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