BBC iPlayer app finally getting close to release

The BBC iPlayer mobile app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad is finally close to being released according to a report by Paid Content. The app was announced twelve months ago but needed the approval of the BBC Trust which was granted six months ago. The report suggest that the app will be released by the end of next month, coinciding with the departure of Erik Huggers, the BBC’s future media and technology director; who is leaving to join Intel.

BBC iPlayer is a free service in the UK that lets you catch up with programmes from the past seven days that you may have missed or want to watch again. iPlayer is accessible now via iOS devices through the mobile web version and it does work reasonably well.  Mobile users only account for four percent of iPlayer visitors; so an improved experience and an App Store presence will surely help to expand mobile usage.

The app will only be available in the UK but BBC Worldwide is planning a subscription based service, with content for other countries.



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kingweb says:

Ultra left wing propaganda trash. I'd rather watch something else

Jackal says:

We'll be sure to add your name to the growing list of ignorant "right wingers"
You don't have to get it if you don't want. Fox news has an app I'm sure.

Always Right says:

That's it son, keep drinking the Kool-Aid. Before calling somebody ignorant, you should look in the mirror. You're the one who's been following the same slanted news media that's had a majority control of the airwaves for the last 50+ years.
And I'm sure you believe Al Gore "created the internet".....his words, not mine. There's no hope for Libertards.

iMarksy says:

Wicked ! @George Suck out

PG says:

Wouldn't call it free...we HAVE to pay the license fee. Don't see why this app is needed

Daniel Smith says:

@PG Because you can save the videos directly onto the device. And we do pay the license fee yes, but what we get out of it is awesome. The BBC is the biggest broadcaster in the world. I don't want ITV anymore.
iPlayer isn't just reasonably good, its awesome!

Tucker61 says:

Waited nearly 2 years for it. We better be able to download straight to device.

Geo Coldz says:

Does that mean I can watch Top Gear?

Robert says:

Anyone know of proxies for us in the us that are free so we can access this?

Jackal says:

Can't wait to watch Formula 1 and Top Gear on this

Chipper says:

Using VPN to get iPlayer from outside the UK works just fine - not sure what the app will give me beyond what I can already get via safari???

Jez says:

Here in the uk iplayer is ok……
But I'd rather have the likes of netflix, movie content is more relevant to me.
Besides I can already get iplayer on ps3.
Why so long for it to come to iOS devices ??

ashleywatson says:

That's really a great news near for the BBC iplayer is realizing the free services and everybody can enjoy the world cup. Really we can say that BBC is the biggest broadcast and ten best broadcast.

Douglas says:

Great news. I live in Italy and since BBC Prime was taken off the Sky channel I am deprived of decent programs. Has anybody watched Italian game shows!!!???

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