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BBC iPlayer app for iPad to arrive this Thursday, all set for the iPad 2 high-res screen?

The long overdue BBC iPlayer app will be released on Thursday according to a BBC engineer. Geoff Marshall, an Interactive Operations engineer for the BBC, responsible for the iPlayer services, broke the news via his twitter stream. He also went on to say, “It will take advantage of the higher-res screen that iPad2 has got.” “HD content will look good.” Now we don’t know if this is inside knowledge or just a guess but it is interesting all the same.

The app will only be available for the iPad and streaming will be WiFi only. If you are on a 3G connection you will just be able to browse content. The app will be available in the UK only at launch however the service will launch in the United States in June / July as a paid subscription service.

BBC iPlayer lets you catch up with programmes from the BBC 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 but the iPad app should make it a much nicer experience. We will let you know as soon as the app is available.


UK editor at iMore, mobile technology lover and air conditioning design engineer.

  • The web version for iPhone/iPad is already brilliant, feels like a native app.
  • Does it have episodes of Top Gear? That's all I care about.
  • @durangojim Exactly!
  • What I fail to understand is why this App, along with the Guardian's EyeWitness App (and others) require you to be on WiFi to use their App? It's not costing them any less money to send the stuff to me via WiFi so why stop me from receiving via 3G? It makes no sense and it's stupid.
  • I agree, it is a strange decision. The current web app blocks the iPhone on 3G too and even when it is connected to a mifi with the cell service turned off. Using the iPad with the same mifi it works fine. Inconsistent and annoying!
  • The iplayer iphone web app does work over 3G on 3 network so maybe the restrictions are at the carrier end?
  • I'm on Three with my iPad, so I'll wait patiently! Ever since the Beeb killed Po-Ru's IPDL I'm missing out on loads of great BBC shows.
  • All I want it is to watch the BBC programmes I pay for through the TV Licence when I want to watch them. Not too much ask is it?
  • Maybe the iPad 2 will be able to run retina display apps at 640x960?
  • Just jailbreak with greenpois0n and install RetinaPad. It avoids the nasty pixel doubling for Retina-optimized iPhone apps. Easy peasy.
  • Don't iPod touch and iPhone users get the chance to download and watch later. It could of been so much better.
  • I don't know why they won't make it available for the iPhone too, hopefully there will be a jailbreak solution to this dumb decision. I want to watch Tog Gear! I'd pay for this too.
  • I am unable to view programmes on BBC iplayer on my ipad2.can anyone help?
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