Feeds

Now on Freeview HD: Olympic arts channel that's tough to watch

And tough to argue why anyone would want to watch

3 Big data security analytics techniques

Freeview HD got a new channel this morning, which will be filled with events from the Cultural Olympiad as well as the occasional Hitchcock film and the usual arts nonsense.

The Space sits on channel 117, which puts it into the IP-streamed channels only available to kit conforming to the letter and spirit of the Freeview HD standard. It will also stream to a computer or an Apple iThing, and serve up content including Globe-performances of Shakespeare and a couple of Hitchcock silents restored by the British Film Institute.

The channel is funded from £3.5m of lottery dosh, via the Arts Council, and on the website punters can already watch the first of 26 shows of John Peel's record collection from A to Z.

The Space will run until October as part of the Cultural Olympiad - an arty hotchpotch of stuff that is supposed to make us all feel good about this year's British Olympics. But if you don't fancy Titus Andronicus in Cantonese, or an animation showing someone switching a light on (and then off again) for a minute and a half, then you'll have to wait for something more interesting to turn up.

For the Freeview transmissions The Space is relying on technical support from the BBC. Content from the channel conforms to Freeview HD not by being high definition but rather in using the MHEG video streaming part of that standard - as already deployed by China Central Television and Sports Tonight.

Only a minority of Freeview kit supports that part of the standard properly, and only a proportion of that minority is plugged into a broadband connection, but it's an expanding number and points towards the distant day when broadcast television is made redundant by streamed services even if YouView can't get its act together. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer
Do the right thing, earn up to 10 years in clink
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.