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Audio Interview: BBC’s Huggers And Rose On iPlayer, Canvas And More

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At the launch of upgrades to iPlayer, I caught up with BBC future media and technology director Erik Huggers and his vision and online controller Anthony Rose…

The highlights…

Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) for iPlayer IM: “Windows Live Messenger is one of the most popular right now,” said ex Microsoft exec Huggers. “Let’s try it first with the biggest out there.”

HTML5 vs Flash: BBC has a strategic relationship with Flash maker Adobe (NSDQ: ADBE), but: “I can guarantee you that, in the labs, there’s plenty of activity with HTML5.”

Canvas still relevant:”Everyone is building (connected TV) as a closed, proprietary environment.” “It’s very different from Google (NSDQ: GOOG) TV, which will just search the web.” “We need to build the damn thing.”