BBC iPlayer Now Available on the Nintendo Wii

The BBC has formed a partnership with Nintendo UK to make its BBC
iPlayer "catch-up TV" service available via the Nintendo Wii gaming
console (note: last month, the Corporation also made the iPlayer
available via the Apple iPhone). The partnership was announced by
Erik Huggers, the BBC's group controller for future media and
technology, in a keynote speech at the MIPTV-Milia conference in
Cannes earlier this month. "Working with Nintendo marks another
exciting milestone for BBC iPlayer," he said. "It underlines our
commitment to reaching new audiences by making BBC iPlayer

BBC Three Relaunched with More Interactivity, UGC, Social Networking

The BBC recently relaunched its younger-skewing digichannel, BBC
Three, as a multiplatform service with programming that heavily
features interactivity, user-generated content and social-networking
components. The channel, which according to its controller, Danny
Cohen, aims to "become Britain's ambitious multiplatform network,
combining television and the Web into a single, integrated offering,"
now simulcasts all its programming on the Internet; invites viewers to
upload clips of themselves introducing their favorite programs, the best
of which are featured during the channel's peak-time schedule; and,
according to its press materials, promises to produce original, online

BBC Issues Tender for Interactive Services Management

The BBC recently issued a tender for a five-year (with a two-year optional extension) contract for interactive services management. The
contract, which is worth up to £25 million, covers such areas as
interactive TV playout, systems management, online publishing and
monitoring of service levels. The BBC is seeking a single company to
fulfill all the areas described in the contract. The services covered by