The Space has been opened to viewers with internet connected Freeview HD receivers on Freeview channel 117.
Viewers will be able to browse the catalogue of content on The Space and stream it via the internet to their TVs. The actual service itself is not guaranteed to be in HD, it just needs Freeview HD receivers to work. Alternatively, content can be viewed at thespace.org via laptops, tablets and smartphones.
The Space is a collaboration between the BBC and Arts Council England. It will air from May through to October as part of the "Cultural Olympiad". The project is also available at thespace.org.
Highlights from the new service include the British Film Institute streaming of screenings of two newly restored silent films directed by Alfred Hitchcock, The Ring and Champagne. From the Tate Gallery - 25 new films, duration 3-5 minutes, covering the best visual art events of 2012 across the country. Films will be released sequentially between May and October 2012 across multiple platforms. Plus 20 existing films of relevance from the TateShots back catalogue.
The Royal Shakespeare Company will give us WSF-TV - a unique five-minute weekly insight into the making of the World Shakespeare Festival and is also part of the Cultural Olympiad. The service is to capture the story of the festival and reflect the creative process of an unprecedented collaboration between over 50 arts organisations, thousands of artists, plus students, teachers and amateur theatre makers from across the world. DanceEast will present "Come Dance with Me": a weekly 15 minute broadcast featuring the 'Morecambe and Wise' of dance Tom Roden and Pete Shenton, aka New Art Club, as hosts. We're promised that it will be a "fun magazine show with features, interviews, comment and audience interaction; it will explore, contextualise and promote dance for a broad public audience."
The Northern Stage Company will open a unique digital window into the experience of opening a new venue at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival including live streamed events from the venue, and a long form documentary at the conclusion of the project.
In partnership with Manchester Museum and Galleries Consortium, Inner City Music looks at some of the highlights of the citywide festival of West African contemporary arts taking place across Manchester's museums and galleries from June-September 2012. Meanwhile Turner Contemporary's commission for The Space will offer a live and interactive streaming of Tracey Emin in conversation with Stephen Fry.
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