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On January the 7th, the BBC announced plans to reinvent its iPlayer service with the aim of “…making it a destination in its own right, with box sets, live programming and archive titles that champion quality UK content and offer great programmes for longer.

A related consultation document recognises that in the future, “BBC iPlayer will be the main way that audiences watch BBC television programmes and not just a catch-up

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Not a complete guide but here’s some of the material that we cover when a new starter joins VOD Professional.

A new recruit, Juliana, joined us here at VOD Professional last month and on her first day, I gave her an overview of the online video industry. I do this with all our new starters and to date, the briefing has come in the form of an unstructured two to three-hour brain-dump covering things like

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Eleven Sports, the OTT service which holds the rights to stream football from Italy’s Serie A and Spain’s La Liga leagues, as well as the Ultimate Fighting Championship, is facing closure just four months after launching in the UK according to the Guardian. Eleven Sports, which is currently available on web and mobile devices, has been unable to secure distribution deals on BT, Sky and Virgin Media. This prompted the UFC to trigger an

18 days, 38 different sports and 1816 events – The UX team at Viaplay had a daunting task in building a consistent, simple and elegant user experience for the Olympics in Rio. Creative Director Christoffer Kittel will talk about Viaplay’s design process and how to account for a branded cross-platform experience in the complex world of live sports.

Come on this designer’s journey of discovery of A/B testing, a greatly misunderstood and often maligned tool. This is not simply about testing button colors and page layouts, but applying it at a strategic level to inform design from concept to shipped product and see how this is applied in the Netflix user experience. Gain practical insights on how to harness the scientific method in the pursuit of great design.

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