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iPlayer goes mobile with Nokia N96

BBC and Nokia join forces for mobile TV

Nokia N96

The BBC’s popular iPlayer media streaming and download service will be available on Nokia’s new N96 phone, set for a UK launch in late September.

The iPlayer is already available on Apple’s iPhone and iTouch, but the partnership with Nokia is the first opportunity for users to download BBC programmes onto their mobiles, not just stream them.

A purpose-built application will be available to download from the iPlayer website, and will also be pre-loaded on some handsets. The service is reported to be available over both 3G and wireless networks, and Nokia will not charge to use it, although mobile network operators are likely to charge for 3G data according to the user’s tariff. Wi-fi looks like being the cheaper and more reliable option for iPlayer on the move.

Nokia bills the N96 as an “entertainment” phone and it features 16GB memory, built-in 3D sound, a 2.8in screen and a digital TV tuner. Which? will be testing it and giving a full review within the next couple of months. In the meantime, check out our reviews of other mobiles from Nokia and Apple.

The list of ways to use iPlayer to download and stream the last seven days’ BBC TV and Radio programming continues to grow. Starting off being PC-based, it is now available on Virgin media cable TV, as well as Nintendo’s Wii console. With Apple and Nokia now signed up, this heralds the start of mobile TV becoming truly mainstream.

“iPlayer has proved immensely popular since it was launched,” says Which? technology expert Al Warman, “and in partnership with a major mobile manufacturer like Nokia, on-demand TV and radio will reach an even wider audience.”

Check out our guide to using iPlayer.

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