The British Film Institute (BFI) is planning to accelerate its devices strategy in 2015, says its director of digital Edward Humphrey.
Having already gained widespread acclaim for its UK-only video on demand service BFI Player, which offers a selection of contemporary world, documentary, independent and British cinema, as well as curated selections of classic film, the BFI is now looking for the industry’s help in making the service available on additional platforms.
“At the moment the BFI Player is a web-only experience,” Humphrey told IP&TV News, in an exclusive interview to be published tomorrow. “In 2015 we’re looking to move onto smart TVs, we’re looking to move onto set top boxes, and we’re looking to develop our apps. At the moment we do have iOS and Android apps but they’re only for playback.”
This April Humphrey will attend and appear at TV Connect in London, partly to find new commercial partners.
“The message to your readers and the people I’m going to meet at TV Connect is that wherever possible we’re looking to talk to partners about putting versions of BFI Player on as many appropriate devices as we can. And hopefully device manufacturers and pay-TV networks will see the benefits of having our platform on their suites.”
Humphrey also revealed that the BFI was “exploring opportunities” for international versions of BFI Player.
See IP&TV News tomorrow for the full exclusive interview.