The BBC’s iPlayer continues its unparalleled success story with new audience records during the Olympic games and a new codec that will make the iPlayer’s video look even better during full-screen mode. The BBC announced the introduction of 800 Kbps H.246 streams in a blog post about a week ago, promising “sharper video quality.”

Not everybody seems to be happy about these developments: Some articles this week suggested that the BBC is switching from its current content delivery network Akamai to Level3, causing much pain for smaller ISPs that don’t have the right peering agreements in place. A commenter on even mused that “the BBC web-site and IPlayer will slow to a crawl and possible stop loading altogether” soon. Here’s the good news: The sky isn’t falling — and the new changes actually hint at bigger things to come. Continue reading on

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