There are a few things that always feel like ‘home’ for me, and now I think about it, they’re all ridiculously middle-class. Croissants, Radio 4, Earl Gray tea, “Organic” apples and – most of all – a copy of the Radio Times sat on the sofa.
Well, the BBC’s in-house listings magazine has just launched an iPhone application, presumably so that you can feel at home wherever you are. It’s not free – it’ll cost you £1.79, but for extensive and accurate listings, recommendations and reviews for ever after, that’s not actually too bad.
The application wasn’t designed in-house by the BBC. It was put together by a US company called tvCompass. The BBC say that this is just another step in its quest to get as much content as possible available to iPod and iPhone users. What about the rest of us that aren’t converts to the cult of Mac, Auntie?
The BBC is certainly keen to get their content out beyond the gogglebox in the living room. Last month, they put classic TV clips on MySpaceTV, they’ve put classic Parkinson and EastEnders on YouTube, and their iPlayer is booming, so it’s probably no surprise that they’ve now developed widgets which can be used on the desktop, on social networking sites, and popular blog platforms.
RadioTimes.com, BBCGoodFood.com, and TopGear.com, all now provide widgets which give regular feeds of the latest news and information.