BBC interactive Media Player: news & review

There are contradictory reports about the BBC’s interactive Media Player (iMP), which would significantly extend the scope of on-demand listening and digital storage of broadcast media. Last Tuesday Netimperative quoted a BBC spokesperson saying the iMP remains an “aspirational service”, with “no concrete plans for a roll-out” of the trial service to the general public.
But today a Guardian journalist reports at the end of an extensive review of the iMP that he was told that its launch “could be just nine months away”.
There’s nothing official and recent I could find on the BBC web site, though the iMP is mentioned in this October 02003 speech by the BBC’s Director of New Media & Technology and in this chapter from the BBC’s assessment of its future.

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