What is NRKbeta?


NRK’s sandbox for technology and new media

NRKbeta is Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation NRK‘s sandbox for technology and media. We write about media, the web, and technology, with a focus on our audience, and what we do. We call it a sandbox because we want to test stuff, be curious, and understand how things are changing, bringing you – the user – along.

(about NRK on Wikipedia).

In addition to writing, we work as internal advisors on technology and media, and we build a lot of hardware and software used in NRK productions. Together with our audience we help NRK understand and utilise new technology to create awesome media experiences.

This includes everything from technical innovation in our slow TV-programming to contributing to SKAM’s social strategy.

NRKbeta is also a blog for NRK’s employees to offer a behind the scenes look at new innovation we create – or details about product development, design …you name it.

Norwegian

The content on this site is encoded with an advanced codec called Norwegian. It’s only readable by about 5.2 million people. So from time to time, when we have something we really would like to show the world, we decode it into English.

English articles

Our English articles are published with a category called … «English articles«.

One of the first popular articles was «Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) makes popular series available DRM-free via BitTorrent» with close to 800 diggs (remember them?), 77 comments and 100+ links/trackbacks. Which was amazing back in the day.

Some of our ideas have gotten major international attention – the latest about our «quiz to comment» experiment. Harvard’s Nieman Lab had the first and most thorough piece on it.

Contact info

If you would like to contact us, use our Twitter account or our contact form (which is in Norwegian but should be pretty obvious for English readers).

Photos

If you need photos of us, we have a collection here. Please ask to get the appropriate licensing and crediting details.

Some of the recent projects on our blog

How the Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) made it’s first vertical documentary film

Vi har prøvd å lage en TV-dokumentar hvor videoer, bilder og tekst er tilpasset høydeformatet (Foto: Gry Kårstad)
Vi har prøvd å lage en TV-dokumentar hvor videoer, bilder og tekst er tilpasset høydeformatet (Foto: Gry Kårstad)

NRK breaks new ground to show chess on television

#NRKSJAKK´s Heidi Røneid med en Arduino Ethernet microprosessor.
Heidi Røneid from NRKs chess broadcasts with an Arduino Ethernet microprosessor.
(Photo: Tore Zakariassen, NRK)

A behind the scenes look at how the NRK made the 2016 Biathlon World Championship title sequence.
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Stories in Norwegian:

Creating a 3D model of the world’s strongest tidal current, Saltstraumen, via drone.

Marius Arnesen med en DJI Inspire-drone Foto: Kåre Riibe Ramskjell / NRK
Marius Arnesen med en DJI Inspire-drone Foto: Kåre Riibe Ramskjell / NRK

A look into how we made VR-video from the award show P3 Gull [Norwegian].

NRKbetas VR-rigg på P3 Gull Foto: Ståle Grut / NRKbeta
NRKbetas VR-rigg på P3 Gull Foto: Ståle Grut / NRKbeta

What was real, and what was not, on social media during the terror attacks in Paris in November 2015 [Norwegian]?

Under terroraksjonen i Paris i november 2015 søkte mange til sosiale medier for å finne og dele informasjon. Foto Henry Marion (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Under terroraksjonen i Paris i november 2015 søkte mange til sosiale medier for å finne og dele informasjon. Foto Henry Marion (CC BY-SA 2.0)

6 kommentarer

  1. Another Swede

    i wish that svt wont be as cool as nrk, then they will force everyone who owns a computer to pay tv-license

  2. I Denmark (where i live, though I am norwegian), computers are valued equal to TVs in the license calcuation for a household. The justification? one can visit dr.dk and watch streaming video, in horrible quality and Windows-only codecs, and with horrible latency. le sigh 🙁

  3. Fredrik Graver

    Dere burde opprette en "tips oss" side eller noe slikt… 🙂

    Kom over denne her i dag: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2009/0… Ville spesielt trekke fram
    <quote>"Foursquare is blowing up," said Tara Hunt, a blogger and consultant. Although she used to use Twitter to figure out where her friends were, she said that Twitter now has too much noise and … it’s not local enough. </quote>

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