Useful iPlayer addition

I currently have 2 laptops, an iMac, a PS3, an Xbox 360, Cheryl’s laptop, and Cheryl’s PS3 all capable of playing content from BBC iPlayer. If I want to view HD content I have to download it using the desktop app. This is available on the computers and laptops regardless of the operating system, which is very nice as I have Linux, Mac, and Windows installations at the moment.

My improvement comes from a situation I have found myself in a couple of times since Cheryl and I got the iMac the other day. I can download HD content on here, but if I do then I have no way of playing it on my TVs. The iMac has a nice 27 inch screen, but the dining chairs aren’t anywhere near as comfortable as the sofa.

When I’ve downloaded the HD copy of some media it would be great if I could connect to my BBC iPlayer installation on any of my other devices and stream that content over my local network. The DRM can all be handled in the same way it is by the app on the PS3 or whatever. It’s just a locally-hosted copy of the exact same file. They could even make it so that you can only stream the content from within the iPlayer app if they wanted.

I don’t want to pirate anything, I just want to be able to play media I’ve downloaded on one device on another. This would be possible if I did illegally download a copy of the media, I shouldn’t be punished for being honest.

EPIC WIN at the BBC

I got an email about being in the audience for the recording of a TV show called EPIC WIN. I booked two tickets so that Cheryl could come along with me.

The BBC building

The BBC building

I’d never been to a TV recording before, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. The evening began with meeting Cheryl at White City tube station near the BBC building. We wandered over to the queue outside the building at about 6pm, and within about 15 minutes we were inside the BBC cafeteria. We queued up in the cafeteria and bought the last remaining baguette to eat between us, some crisps, and some water to take into the studio. One we’d finished eating we queued up a third time to be taken through to the studio.

We were shown to some seats in the smoky studio with hundreds of lights on the ceiling and stars hanging down as part of the set. We sat there for a little while as everyone else found their way to a seat and then the floor manager, Rob, told us that we would be listening to a warm-up guy from Manchester whose name I seem to have forgotten (Carl?). He was pretty camp, and a little bit strange. He was basically Paul O’Grady in pantomime mode. 🙂

We were all told about how to sit and to keep smiling, and to always overreact to everything. If something is remotely funny then give it a big laugh. It was a bit stupid really, but oh well.

The show itself is basically a panel of future celebrity reality TV stars with Alexander Armstrong hosting it. They bring in people from around the country with various talents that are basically useless. The person performs their talent in the form of a challenge. If they succeed then they are an EPIC WINNER, if they fail then they have to leave via the EPIC FAIL door. If they succeed in the challenge the panel rates how much they think the talent is worth from £1 to £1000 each. The contestants are then given a buzzer to press when they think the amount of money their talent is worth is up on the board. If they buzz too early they get less than their talent is worth, if they buzz too late then they get nothing.

One contestant was a butcher who could tell what a meat was only using his feet. The second was a man who could pour a bottle of champagne using a digger (with a special modification added on). The third was a lady who has changed her name to Sharon Johnette Travolta on John Travolta’s birthday and could identify the name of a movie based on John Travolta’s hairline. The fourth and final person was a guy named Robin Wood who used a chainsaw to make cutlery and a bowl out of a tree trunk while also cooking a stir fry…

Pretty weird show. I’m not convinced it’ll be particularly amazing, but I certainly get the impression that it’s the kind of thing you might catch being repeated at 2am after a few drinks and decide to watch. I could be wrong though because I haven’t seen the properly edited version. 🙂