Saturday, March 08, 2008

The is Have It: The BBC’s iPlayer on the iPhone - Bits - Technology - New York Times Blog

Steve's way or no way at all...

So the BBC has had to reformat its video into the Apple QuickTime version of the standard H.264 video format. Then it streams those videos from a special version of the iPlayer Web site. The network doesn’t need the software development kit that Apple introduced yesterday, although this might allow even more flexible video services.

Reformatting video is no small task, but the BBC has built a “transcoding farm” of 50 powerful computers that can convert 400 hours of programming a week into formats for PCs, streaming, set-top boxes and an increasing range of mobile devices.

The is Have It: The BBC’s iPlayer on the iPhone - Bits - Technology - New York Times Blog

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