Imagine if the UK's average connection speed was quadrupled to 17.5Mbps; superfast broadband penetration was cranked up nearly two-and-half-times to 83%; and the DAB network upgraded to send live TV to our mobiles.
The BBC iPlayer is enjoying growing popularity thanks to the rise in ownership of televisions that connect to the internet, whereas the proportion of licence fee payers accessing programmes via their computer is falling.
YouTube has launched a Human Rights channel, with non-profit partner Witness and video playlist creator Storyful, the company announced Thursday. The channel will curate footage of human rights-related stories, uploaded by citizen users, shedding light on under-reported stories and, potentially, fueling activism.
We all know – or think we know - that family life during the second half of the twentieth century revolved increasingly around the television set that formed such a prominent feature – often the primary focus - of the nation’s living rooms. From the late 1960s onwards, those television sets were increasingly ubiquitous. The content they broadcast was frequently the common currency of popular culture. Audiences for the most popular programmes, or for broadcasts of important national and international events, were numbered in the tens of millions. Overwhelmingly, the television during these decades was, or seemed to be, the main window through which Britain looked at itself and looked out on the world.
TalkTalk says that YouView is still “on track” for a “gradual ramp up” from July to a marketing launch from September. The project, backed by British broadcasters and broadband service providers, has been much delayed and has yet to commit to a firm launch date. Beyond the core technical specification, no details of any technical standards or interfaces have yet been published. Far from being an open platform, YouView appears to be increasingly driven by commercial interests.
The BFI has launched a four-week consultation on its Future Plan for 2012-2017 and you are invited to take part.
New Horizons for UK Film outlines the BFI's proposals for investing Lottery support for UK film and sets out a fresh agenda to capitalise on British creativity and talent.
The proposals cover a wide range of activities for supporting filmmaking, production, development, exhibition, education, skills development and film heritage - with a central focus on building audiences across the UK and on all platforms.
When you walk into the new BBC Broadcasting House you can't help but think that your standing at the starting line of a race to the future. The gleaming newsroom, not yet open or full of staff, is steeped in promise.
You’ve asked for it, and here it is. Today, we’re is launching the most comprehensive directory of social TV companies on the web, sponsored by GetGlue. We cover dozens of social TV startups on a monthly basis, and we’ll admit, it’s hard to keep track. So the directory is also an ongoing archive, linking to past stories for nearly all of the 70+ companies listed so far. We’re also tracking which companies have been acquired or closed down.
Last year to celebrate our birthday, we wrote you, the YouTube Community, a thank you note for making our first 6 years so special. And on that birthday you gave us a great present by reaching a record rate of 48 hours of video uploaded to the site every minute. Well Community, this year, on our 7th birthday, you’ve outdone yourselves once again.
Today 72 hours of video are uploaded to the site every minute. Like many 7 year olds around the world, we’re growing up so fast! In other words, every single minute you now upload three whole days worth of video instead of two.
What a wonderful image this is. It features in the British Library's new Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands exhibition, on the relationship between British writers and British landscape, but in truth it stands alone. It shows, from left to right, Lord Howard de Walden (author and philanthropist), the drama critic William Archer, J.M. Barrie, G.K. Chesterton and George Bernard Shaw. They are dressed as cowboys, having paused for a while during the making of a film, later entitled How Men Love. The director was the playwright and theatre producer Harley Granville-Barker, the year 1914.
In the last few decades, South Korea has emerged as a powerhouse of cinema, with both Korean-made films winning global accolades and Hollywood remaking Korean mega-hits like My Sassy Girl, and, if industry gossip is true, Oldboy. Many of the all-time classic Korean films, however, have been hard for global audiences to get their hands on.
Working together with the Korean Film Archive, we now have 70 classic Korean films available globally for free on YouTube—complete with English and other translated subtitles. The films are all available at youtube.com/koreanfilm, organized in playlists by decade as well as by director.
Issues of the newsreel British News is now online and available for download from the British Council Film Collections website. This war-time newsreel was produced for the British Council by the Newsreel Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This meant that every week one of the five major newsreel companies, which made up the Association, compiled an issue from the following newsreels: British Movietone News, British Paramount News, Gaumont British News, Pathe Gazette and Universal News.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has undertaken a unique expansion in film preservation. As the rise of digital technology drastically reduces the availability of film stock, the project accelerates the work of the Academy Film Archive to acquire and create new archival film masters and prints from at-risk elements. Under the banner "Film-to-Film," the $2 million initiative, approved by the Academy’s Board of Governors, focuses largely on Academy Award®-winning and nominated films from across motion picture history, including works made as recently as the 1990s.
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