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From Outputs to Outcomes

Clients approach us to build or redesign products for them when they identify a business opportunity or business need. Often they are facing intense competition from a market that has ...

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Make it meaningful: Maximising the value of content

“How can we reach our audience and keep them coming back for more?” This is a question facing many content providers in an increasingly competitive online video market. The answer ...

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Designing spaces in VR

Museum. Airport. Supermarket. Office. These are spaces that conjure a pretty clear picture in our minds. We instantly associate ‘Museum’ with high ceilings, open galleries, natural light and sweeping staircases. ...

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VR - The evolution of interaction

Virtual reality (VR) is impressive. Anybody who has spent any time using it will tell you how amazing it felt to fire an arrow from a virtual bow or how ...

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Catalogue depth is no longer a USP for VOD providers

With so much choice available today, users are becoming overwhelmed when trying to choose content on a VOD product. How can product designers help make content catalogues more relevant?

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The UX of UX: Improving team communication

As product designers empathy is one of the key human characteristics that drives our methodologies throughout the product design process. We place ourselves into the mind of our user, endeavouring ...

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x2 Lovie Awards for BFI Player!

The BFI Player, designed and built by Ostmodern, has won a gold award for “Movie & Film”, and a bronze award for “Entertainment & Media Streaming,” at the Lovies 2016.

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Contending for content discovery

We recently won the award for best Content Discovery Technology at the Digital TV Europe, Content Innovation Awards. This was for our work with the VOD portal maxdome to relaunch their SVOD service earlier this year.

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The new scheduling modal

Schedules are an integral part of Skylark; they define the availability of content to audiences worldwide. That is why we have been looking at ways of improving how schedules are ...

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User Research for Enterprise Products

Designing products for enterprise poses a distinct challenge: how can you create a product which suits the needs of different working cultures, each with their own set of rules of user behaviour which have become entrenched through years of practice?

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Mobile Engagement and Video on Demand

As more people are looking to video on demand to find new content to watch, cementing the position of default platform of choice is now an essential part of any VOD product.

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India's Mobile First Approach to Online Video

Mobile phones in India generated unprecedented (and often unanticipated) challenges to values, norms and practices. Doron and Jeffrey, The Great Indian Phone Book (2013:216)

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A Day in the Life: Brazil's Changing Media Habits

Television in Brazil has traditionally been dominated the large media conglomerate Globo, whose broadcast network has an average of 91m daily viewers - almost half of the population. Its interests ...

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Netflixification and the Australian VOD Rush

Compared to the openness of Scandinavia, Australia has been left relatively far behind when it comes to the VOD market. In this third blog post exploring VOD around the world, ...

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Scandinavia - VOD's Early Adopters

Scandinavia is a hotbed for the development and adoption of digital technologies. High levels of investment in R&D, a design heritage which emphasises functionality and simplicity and openness to innovation ...

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Prime Time Still Key for US TV Networks

As the live TV audience continues to fall in favour of on demand services, and advertisers commit less of their budget to buying prime time ad-slots upfront, providing viewers with ...

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Ostmodern are looking for python developers

We're looking for senior and lead python developers to join our existing team and help us develop and oversee the implementation and delivery of our products. Ideally you will be ...

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Ostmodern are looking for front-end developers

We're looking for front-end developers to join our existing team and help us develop and oversee the implementation and delivery of our products. Ideally you will be opinionated in your ...

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Projects are polygons

A few weeks ago, Ost were delighted to announce the launch of the new BFI Player. During the usual post-project review - a chance for the project team to critique ...

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On Demand Content Makes Compelling Viewing

Younger viewers show greater concentration when streaming VoD than when watching live TV, research from Denmark suggests, providing insight into different viewing behaviours on each platform.

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Over The Top with Ostmodern

The iTV Doctor talks to Ostmodern about designing OTT products

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Tablets, TV and Changing Behaviours

Key to designing great digital products is understanding how users engage with them and why. For example, the increasing use of tablets to watch video throws up a lot of ...

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Considering Accessibility

Commitment to accessible design has always been a challenge for a highly visual medium such as the web. Never-the-less, it is important to incorporate accessibility requirements into the design specifications ...

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Arsenal's Ben Ladkin talks about Arsenal.com redesign

Ben Ladkin, Arsenal Media Group's operations manager, recently gave a talk about the Arsenal.com redesign, which Ostmodern did the UX and design for. The redesigned site went live in February ...

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In at No.5

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TVOT SF 2014

As TVOT kicks off in San Francisco, Tom's in place to talk about TV's creative future.

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Weekly Round-up: 17th-23rd May

Here's this week's list of news, views and general good stuff that has taken our interest this week.

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Weekly Round-up: 10th-16th May

It's time for another weekly roundup Tech Pew Research have published a report into the Internet of Things. The report, which follows on from their 15 thesis about the future ...

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Weekly Round-up: 26th April - 2nd May

Here's your weekly round-up of stories, articles and infographics that have caught our attention this week.

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Weekly Round-up: 19th-25th April

Here’s your quick round up of stories which have caught the eye this week. Ooyala have published a whitepaper on getting the most out of online video advertising. Awareness of ...

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Fortnightly Round-Up 24th March - 6th April

From Kim Dotcom's move into New Zealand politics to Amazon's Fire TV, here's a quick look at what's caught our attention in the Ostmodern office over the past couple of ...

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Axure London Meetup

Ostmodern hosted the third Axure London Meetup last Wednesday, run by Sandra Sears. The event had a great turnout, with over 40 attendees, interested in learning about responsive prototyping and ...

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Weekly Round-up: 15th-21st March

Hello! Its the return of the Ostmodern weekly round up. A brief digest of what we've been up to and what news stories have caught our eye from the world ...

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Examining iPlayer Statistics

Developing our understanding of audience behaviour is a key to UX research and statistical data plays an interesting role in helping the team ask the right questions. As a UX ...

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BBC Three Broadcast to be Axed

The decision by the BBC to end BBC Three as an on air channel and shift a majority of its content exclusively to the iPlayer is an interesting and brave ...

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The International Experience of VOD

Exploring new frontiers for VOD development is of great interest to us at Ostmodern, as we look to expand our thinking and take a global approach to digital product design. ...

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Digital Anthropology in Digital Product Design

Being a Digital Anthropologist gives me a unique insight into the role that digital technologies play in people’s lives. Since joining the UX team at Ostmodern, I have had time ...

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Senna and the Case for Video

As specialists in designing video on demand products, we at Ostmodern are passionate about the British Film Industry, and making sure our products showcase great British productions in the best ...

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VOD in 2013

The UK video on demand industry continues to show fantastic levels of growth, and as VOD specialists, we couldn’t be happier. Digital video, including services such as iTunes, Netflix and ...

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TVOT NYC 2013

Ostmodern get involved with the TV of Tomorrow Show in New York City

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Ostmodern are looking for developers

Ostmodern are looking for talented and passionate front-end developers to join us in building products for the web, TV and mobile devices for companies such as Channel 4, Arsenal, EE ...

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Ostmodern launch Cirkus

After a year in development, our new subscription video-on-demand service launches in Sweden

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BBC Worldwide Appoint Ostmodern

Ostmodern, digital product design and on-demand specialists, have won the pitch to design BBC Worldwide’s first paid for VoD service. The team’s insight and experience of digital ownership and EST ...

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Our man in Singapore

Ostmodern completes the second phase of BallBall - News Corp's Singapore-based European football video website and app.

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Playful 2013: Retrospect

In 2013 the Playful organisers brought together twelve speakers from the creative industries to share stories about games, design, interaction and everything else that comes from playing about with digital ...

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Ostmodern expands its team

The studio has never been busier and we’ve grown to keep pace with pitch wins. Over the past few months a number of bright new people have joined our talented ...

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Axure London Meetup #2

Last Wednesday, we hosted the second Axure London Meetup, lead by Sandra Sears. Big thanks again to the lovely people at Axure, who provided the pizza and beers. This time, ...

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Axure London Meetup

Last week Ostmodern hosted the first Axure London Meetup. Led by Sandra Sears (and her brother, roped in for support during his holiday from San Francisco), it demonstrated the versatility ...

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TV and media research report from Ericsson

Ericsson have released a report summarising a large research study of global TV and video consumption. Predictably they focus on TV and video viewing on mobile devices, stating that 72% ...

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News Corp and Ostmodern launch BallBall

Ostmodern deliver a multilingual and multi-regional app that combines video, breaking news, live scores and editorial in one dynamic stream.

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Ostmodern are hiring UX people

We’re looking for talented, motivated and creative user experience professionals

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Ofcom know what you are watching

The Guardian had great coverage of an Ofcom report published this week, which details research findings on UK TV watching and internet behaviours. We were pleased to see that UK ...

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One tiny Leap for mankind

People were finally able to get their hands the Leap Motion - the wavy-handy, Minority Report-esque input device - more than a year since it was publically announced.

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Roundup 11: July

We've been beavering away over the last few weeks on some top secret stuff that we'll be announcing in the next few weeks, apologies for the lack of blog love. ...

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Roundup 10 : 01 - 05 July

No heatwave related puns here we're afraid. Regardless, here's a few nice links for you to have a peek at and get over your weekend with.

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Roundup 08 : 17 - 21 June

Another puntastic, but shorter roundup this week. We've been busy wrapping up projects, and kicking off a few rather exciting new ones.

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Movies and music and maths, oh my!

Echo Nest are claiming they can predict your taste in films based on your taste in music. They studied user accounts across various music streaming services and looked for correlations ...

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Roundup 07 : 10 - 14 June

Welcome to the blog post that apologises for any silence in the week, but makes up for it with an abundance of links for all those who did not trawl ...

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Roundup 06 : 03 - 07 June

Friday! So much on our list of things to blog about. We’re compiling a rather tasty backlog, but for now, here’s a few things we've seen this week in summary.

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VoD Men

Something we have to consider in many of our projects is something that is generally considered devilish in the UX world: advertising. We know that advertising is an important, if ...

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Roundup 05 : 28 - 31 May

This week was full of companies reinventing their reinventions, with Google, Everton and Microsoft all pedalling in questionable directions. We sum up a few other things that have caught our ...

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Arsenal.com goes fully responsive

Today, we're proud to say that Arsenal.com is now fully responsive. Go drag your browser about, go mad.

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Delightful Droids

We liked Techcrunch's write up of a presentation about the Android Design Principles (ADP) at Google I/O. The presentation summarised the ADP and gave some insight into how they were ...

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Roundup 04 : 20 - 24 May

It's time to pack up and leave after an extremely busy week. We've just kicked off a number of new projects, but thankfully the email list has been brimming with ...

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Xbox One and legacy: The Don's making a big mistake

Don Mattrick has been throwing his oars in and out the boat since the Xbox One announcement. The controversy that we previously speculated on around the console allowing used games ...

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Roundup 03 : 13 - 17 May

With some of Ostmodern landing this morning from a 3-day stint in New York, the office is a little jetlagged to say the least. We're struggling to find the hex ...

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Roundup 01 : 29 April - 3 May

So, here it is. The first roundup of things that interested (some of) us here at Ostmodern over the past week. From dogs on skateboards to life changing industry news ...

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CHI 2013: Technology for Life

A fantastic selection of talks focussing on accessibility in an increasingly interactive touch-based world.

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CHI 2013: Managing Social Media

A CHI talk summary, featuring heavyweight papers with significant involvement from Facebook.

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Hands on with Google Glass

Ostmodern got the opportunity to try out Google Glass at the CHI conference in Paris this week. They were surprisingly light and comfortable to wear. Most impressive was the display, ...

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eBay Feed reaches the UK market

Announced last October, a new visual search feature is released to a select number of UK eBay users.

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EE Film launch Windows Phone 8 App

Ostmodern launch the app in partnership with FilmFlex, with some unique features thanks to Modern UI.

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Netflix now has more subscribers in the US than HBO

You could almost be forgiven for forgetting about Netflix's renaming furore after it's unstoppable ascension to the heights of the TV world in the past year. After adding three million ...

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Last.fm launch brand new Xbox app

Last.fm have dramatically overhauled their Xbox Live App. Once a fairly limited (but rather pretty) app, the new version does so many new things that it deserves quite a fanfare. ...

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The Nextbox will (might) plug into your cable box

As if further proof were needed that the next Xbox isn’t just for gamers, The Verge announced today that cable boxes will be able to plug into the Durango, allowing ...

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Build your own timelapse

Hats off to Teehan+Lax for creating a beautiful timelapse using only images from Street View. A massive round of applause, though, for building a very intuitive UI to allow anyone ...

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I Know What You Watched That Had Cats In It Last Summer

I’m a keen advocate of the revolution that Netflix seem to be carving in VOD. If ever you needed proof that Netflix are changing people’s perceptions, their confidence in serving ...

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Vdio on your Rdio

Rdio have launched Vdio. Rdio, the rather fancy and nice looking Pandora-meets-Last.fm streaming music service has made it’s first foray into the VOD market. Interestingly, it is actually a TVod ...

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iCloudy skies ahead

Apple’s iCloud is causing a bit of headache for application developers. No stranger to controversy, iCloud is the reboot of MobileMe that was at least intended to kill off a ...

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The next Xbox isn’t just for gamers, honest

Microsoft is to discuss selling MediaRoom, its IPTV business, to Ericsson, Bloomburg reports today. With the announcement of the Xbox 360’s successor expected at E3 in June, and the mooted ...

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Summly acquired by Yahoo(!/?)

In another Silicon Valley strange turn of events, Summly has been acquired by Yahoo for a rather grand sum of $30 million. Summly is, of course, the highly publicised application ...

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Spotify planning to fill more than your ears

Spotify, the multi-billion streaming music product that is slowly reworking (again) how we think about music has hinted that it intends to look into on demand video. Not afraid of ...

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BBC go straight to over the top

It’s no surprise that where TV distribution innovation is happening, the BBC are right in the mix, again. This time, they’re looking at creating iPlayer-only drama content as part of ...

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HBO finally think about unsewing your pockets

The HBO problem, as it is not known, dictates that it is safer to keep content locked away on cable networks than to sell it everywhere immediately. It’s a simple ...

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Sweatshop HD and Apple are not sitting in a tree

In yet another confrontation that eerily mirrors the experiences of the influential Game The News, Littleloud’s Sweatshop HD game has been rejected from the Apple Store, because, well, just because. ...

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How to fit a customer into a spreadsheet

Any gamer who missed the collosal SimCity always-on-maybe-DRM bust-up over the past week must have been living under a virtual rock. It was big news, and it spoke as much ...

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Apple losing the incredibly immense hyperbolic word war

Monday Note reports with fine-tooth-combed gusto that Apple is losing the PR war of words against it’s competitors. In a piece that could otherwise seem like a classic correlation but ...

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Google experimenting with hidden navigation

Google’s baptism-of-fire A/B testing continues this month with yet more experimentation with THAT navigation bar. They’re experimenting with the idea of hiding the cross-service navigation - a site element that ...

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Gov.uk not quite so keen on Gov.ux

Recently, the UK Government released the Digital by Default Service Standard, designed to ensure that all new gov.uk services are "so good that people prefer to use them". It’s a ...

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The price of quality

Netflix Originals are expensive. Really expensive at something in the region of $3.8M an episode at minimum. The reuniting of Arrested Development was a bold move that showed Netflix meant ...

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Lasagne with a dash of The Only Way is Essex

Tesco’s Blinkbox acquisition is showing some colour at long last, in the form of Clubcard TV. As long as you are happy to hold a Clubcard and tell Orwell when ...

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The triangulation of the Amazon

People’s tendency to deviate off-piste during dropdown interaction has been observed as long as dropdown menus have been frustrating the very same people. Amazon made mouse users quiver recently with ...

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HP Palms off WebOS to LG for use in Smart TVs

In what seems to be an endless journey of rediscovery, LG are yet again replanning their Smart TV offering. HP have sold WebOS to LG, including it’s source code, websites, ...

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Google Chrome’s noisy tabs

Google Chrome is experimenting with the idea of displaying which tabs are noisy. Tabs have become a standard-outside-of-web-standards that users have come to accept and demand as part of an ...

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Is the multi-screen future in the hands of DIAL?

The feature that is the holy grail to many in the VOD world is AirPlay-like functionality, everywhere. A struggle for the studios to embrace what is admittedly embryonic technology, and ...

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The keyboard puncher vs. the delicate stylus

I was fascinated to read UX Matters thought-provoking piece on how users ‘really’ hold their devices. The article raises some far-reaching and valid questions about the wisdom of commonly accepted ...

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Intel Inside your living room?

It is a brave person who tries to predict the future of TV, but The Verge enthusiastically make a case for why Intel could reinvent TV. The argument largely focuses ...

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Responding to the environment

Tim Wright has written a nicely inquisitive piece for A List Apart about creating applications and sites that respond to the environment. It’s an elegantly meandering piece that sometimes skirts ...

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Giant Bomb relaunches; just a little bit prettier

In keeping with it's reputation as one of the better designed gaming sites around, the Giant Bomb redesign has launched with much to praise. Beautiful use of full bleed imagery ...

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Responsive Metal

Nothing is safe from the onwards march of responsive it seems. Download Festival’s 2013 site is a strong example of how a site can quite significantly transform between devices. Of ...

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Things were better in those days, right?

It’s done the rounds so much that the hosting account has been suspended, but it's always nice to look at stuff like this: The Standards Manual for the New York ...

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Blackberry mean business

If anyone was in any doubt that Blackberry aren’t messing around with their new roster, the Z10 product site assures you that they mean business. There’s lovely subtle interactions throughout ...

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Rightster changing the shape of content

Hot on the heels of Netflix’s rapid adoption of independent rights, Rightster have acquired video distributor Preview Networks, and purchased worldwide rights to Australian Rules Football League. It’s certainly interesting ...

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Arsenal.com launches with new design

Party poppers at the studio today as we proudly announce that our redesign of Arsenal.com has gone live. It’s been a good year in the making, but suddenly it all ...

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Netflix build their House of Cards

Today marks the launch of House of Cards, Netflix’s first in-house developed TV series. Most interesting of all, it has been launched all at once as a full series stack.

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