Happy news! BBC News are publishing video podcasts of some of their material. I’m watching Newsnight on my second monitor right now. I have to say, this is a big part of the future of TV, especially for news, weather reports and the like. I don’t even have a TV – but if I did, it is unlikely I would abandon my computer to go stare at it.
Getting downloads of the best broadcasts to my computer, where I can watch them whenever I like and forward through uninteresting stuff – that’s something else. Norwegian state broadcaster NRK has been doing this in various forms for some time; it’s great to see an international broadcaster doing it. And I have to thank the British tax payers for financing such great shows. (Apart from the stuff that’s podcast – who haven’t watched downloaded copies of Top Gear?)
If you think it sucks to pay, while we get it for free – don’t worry about it. It’s really an awesome way to spread British culture – as well as knowledge, common sense and fun – around the world. Hopefully we’ll see more of the BBC’s programming made available in this fashion!