I want you to take a minute and think about something for me. It’s a simple question ‘what do you want from a TV channel website?’.
I’m not including children’s channels or news channel’s in this question – but specifically the general entertainment channels like BBC One, ITV 2, E4 and FOX.
I’m also not talking about the websites for a television SHOW – I’m talking specifically about the network portals.
I know there is an argument that suggests the concept of a ‘network’ is a bit of a waste of time online – as much as linear programming is – but you also need to look at the fact that multiple millions of people actually watch these networks and associate shows with them.
So that out of the way – what you’d want from a television network portal.
Here are a few of the things I’d have on my list: A list of shows on the network, the ability to watch the network live, the ability to watch the shows listed in my own time and a schedule of what’s on.
That is pretty much exactly what the team behind BBC /tv and all the separate TV network sites have achieved with their new re-launch.
All the new TV network pages are designed to a standard template (yes including BBC THREE) and have /programmes at their heart.
Every one has the ability to find out what’s on, it tells you what’s on right now and gives you quick links to watch what you’ve missed on the iPlayer.
BBC THREE and BBC FOUR both go one step further and give you the ability to watch the channel right there – live and according to the BBC Internet blog post – this is coming to BBC One and BBC Two soon.
The pages are exactly what you want from a TV network homepage – they don’t contain to much information, they let you watch the shows they have on the network and are easy to find your way around.