We recently attended another BBC Connected Studio event, this time for UX & D at Facebook UK in London. The various Connected Studio events have taken us to Media City UK in Salford, Google and Mozilla in London and now Facebook (I’m sure by the end of the process we’ll have covered all the big tech ‘start-ups’).
As an added bonus, Facebook hit their 1 billionth active user whilst we were in the building so spirits were very high to say the least.
This Studio asked us how we’d help to bring together the 10 BBC products across all four screens.
Our response was BBC Highlights – a new feature that will live across the four screens and allow users to quickly share or save a clip (or moment as we like to call them). These moments could be anything from a great goal being scored, to a sketch from The Office, to the moment a contestant got kicked off the Great British Bake Off. Creating a moment would be possible from the iPlayer site:
Or if you are watching live on big screen, via the iPlayer mobile app, by a new live rewind and Highlight feature.
Users would be able to easily share their moments on social networks, helping content to live on after the initial transmission. The idea isn’t just limited to video content and would also work for audio content on Radio.
We’re really excited about the possibilities that our new Highlights feature could bring and as such we were invited back to a two day Build Studio at Salford Quays in Manchester.
Over the two days, we further developed our idea into an interactive prototype showing how the feature would work as part of the iPlayer desktop experience before delivering this as part of a 10 minute pitch.
The pitch was well received and this was backed up by our audience research, with all participants saying that they would use the service. They also revealed some applications that we hadn’t initially considered such as for educational purposes.
We’ll hear back on our progress in the coming weeks and will update this post with more info.