Monday, December 17, 2007

BBC iPlayer in unintentional Spinal Tap tribute

As a follow-up to the previous post on the iPlayer, the "403 - Not Available" screenshots were taken as the service was being upgraded. The post-upgrade "new" version contains a couple of extra features - the Listen Again BBC Radio feature is now held in the iPlayer and a couple of the "sharing" features I'd wished for are included. A "share" button now includes a "Link to this" button which opens your usual gamut of social bookmarking tools and "Send to a friend" which is a replication of the same feature which has been around on the News site for ever.
These buttons are attached to an online player for each programme - which means that you don't have to wait to download programmes into the Library before watching them and some programmes which (probably for licensing reasons) can't be downloaded can now be streamed. This is more akin to what's offered by the 4oD service.

But wait. What's that?
Look closer and you might see that in either a deliberate or accidental tribute to This Is Spinal Tap the volume control on the online player goes up to 11. Have a closer look, then relive the source material in its glory.

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