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BBC iPlayer goes mobile

Version launched for Apple iPhone and iPod Touch

A screenshot of the BBC iplayer

New iPlayer service from the BBC

The BBC has launched a version of its iPlayer catch-up TV service for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch.

It is the first time the software has been available on portable devices.

The broadcaster says the iPlayer will be made available for other mobile devices in the months ahead.

Programmes will be streamed to the iPod or iPhone rather than downloaded and users will need to access the iPlayer site through a wireless internet connection.

Streamed programmes

The BBC’s head of digital media technologies, Anthony Rose, said: ‘We started with iPhone because it is the device most optimised for high quality video currently available. 

‘It displays the BBCiPlayer site and BBC programmes nicely.

‘We’re working on making BBC iPlayer available on many more browser-enabled devices over the coming months – stay tuned for details.’

The BBC has also added a new section to the iPlayer home page where viewers can see at a glance latest content that’s arrived on the site.

Wireless hotspots

‘The ability to watch BBC programmes over wireless networks with an Apple iPod Touch or iPhone will be great news for UK consumers, effectively delivering high-quality TV viewing on the move,’ says Which? Technology Editor Matthew Bath.

‘The BBC has also teamed up with The Cloud – a UK urban-wide wireless provider – to allow iPod and iPhone users to access the BBC iPlayer for free from its 7,500 UK public wireless hotspots. 

‘The BBC says that a version of the iPlayer will be made available to Virgin Media customers later in the month.’

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