New Zealanders looking for brilliant content to watch on their new Apple iPads will find it close to home. NZ On Screen has launched a major upgrade to its website to coincide with the iPad’s local launch.
More than 300 of NZ On Screen’s 1000 video titles — television, film, short film and music – have already been reformatted to play on the iPad and iPhone, and the rest will come in the next few weeks.
This isn’t a small job. The iPad and iPhone are not compatible with Adobe Flash – the most common video playing technology for websites. They use the emergent HTML 5 video standard, which is being offered in trial form by major video sites – but is ready to go now on NZ On Screen.
The NZ On Screen site runs completely in HTML 5 on the iPad and iPhone, and the new format is available as an option for personal computer users with Chrome or Safari browsers. Our developers have had to start from scratch to create a viewing experience that is as good as we have had for the Flash version.
This site evolution presents NZ On Screen’s award-winning showcase of local screen content for the new age of digital devices. Feel free to tell your mates/colleagues/readers that it’s there, and to use it as an example of what can be done on the iPad. If you’d like to know more, contact us to talk about how we did it, with our development partners, Wellington agencies Chrometoaster and YouDo.
Fully funded by NZ On Air, NZ On Screen was established in 2008 to showcase New Zealand television, film and music video. Over 1000 titles, profiles and interviews can all be seen free of charge on NZ on Screen.