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Yorkshire technology company takes on Hollywood


Media companies are being offered the opportunity to capitalise on their audio and video materials without losing their rights, thanks to new software applications developed by BiBC.

BiBC (British Internet Broadcasting Company) is one of the seven companies presenting at the Connect Yorkshire Springboard Investment Conference today. The company has developed a software application that enables it to offer a service that creates channels and broadcasting programming as well as on demand content.

What differentiates BiBC from other companies providing content services is that its software enables broadcast companies to place their audio and video content securely on the web, charge consumers and search libraries without giving up their rights. Managing director Paul Hague explains: “There are other companies offering downloadable films and on-line broadcasting already, but they do not offer a complete service and, in addition wanting to own the rights to the material they are putting in the public domain. We are offering a white label service which enables music, television, arts and film organisations to have their own channels and provide their content to the public without losing their rights.”

The company has two key products. The first is a web based interface that looks very similar to cable and satellite programme guides with channel and programme schedules, and the second is a “Digital Box Office”, a download application. It also offers a comprehensive search facility and a hassle free payment mechanism.

BiBC is seeking £250,000 to finance its growth and deliver contracts. It already has contracts with the Arts Council of England, Laughing Stock Productions and World Backgrounds and is in advanced discussions with leading international music and film companies, making it an attractive proposition for investors.

Simon Browning, managing director of Connect Yorkshire said: “Downloaded media is a rapidly growing area, and BiBC has developed technology exploit existing assets in new ways. The company has the ingredients to be attractive to both media companies and consumers.”

Clare Elsley | alfa
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