BBC launch new Taster service
Interactive television just took another step forward today with the launch of the new BBC taster service.
Taster is the new home for innovative new BBC projects and experimental content. Users can view, rate and share projects to encourage the production of more (or less) of this content. Basically, we can now all be guinea pigs for the BBC.
What is already available varies in type and tone. There’s some more conventional content, such as unseen footage from an interview between comedy stars Lena Dunham and Jennifer Saunders previously shown on Newsnight, and an improvisational comedy group that uses social media trends to steer their comedy. There are “virtual backstage passes” to the BBC Studios and Offices, with exclusive photos and backstage gossip. You can also get a “virtual backstage pass” to American Hip Hop duo Run the Jewels’ recent sell-out gig at Koko, which is pretty nifty way of avoiding the sweat of actually being there.
Then there is more interactive content, such as some pretty awesome choose-your-own-story style shows, including a cooking show called ‘Kitchen Bitch’, which basically told me it’s too late to start cooking a roast chicken five minutes before my date arrives. You can also send Simon Reeve all over the world from the comfort of your home.
There are also trailers for upcoming content, including what might be an exciting Doctor Who history series, fronted by Strax himself. We’ll be checking back for that!