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BBC iPlayer is available on Windows Phone 8

But it's not a proper app
Wed May 15 2013, 11:21
BBC iPlayer for Windows Phone 8 on a Nokia Lumia 720

BRITISH BROADCASTING HOUSE the BBC has finally made its iPlayer app available to download from the Windows Phone store, following its launch back in March.

The BBC iPlayer Windows Phone app, which we've managed to download onto our Nokia Lumia 720 handset, is not a native app, but is just a shortcut to the mobile iPlayer website, which means it's lacking features such as offline viewing capabilities. However, the app does come with Live Tile support and the ability to stream TV shows over a 3G or WiFi connection.

It's bad news for Windows Phone users who haven't yet got the latest version of Microsoft's mobile operating system though, as the BBC announced today that the app will not be supported on Windows Phone 7.5, despite having promised that it would make an appearance on older devices.

David Price, head of BBC iPlayer said, "Unfortunately, platform limitations with Windows Phone 7.5 have meant we've been unable to provide the same quality playback experience as on Windows Phone 8. This led to the joint decision not to make BBC iPlayer available on Windows Phone 7.5.

"Although this is disappointing, Windows Phone 8 currently make[s] up the majority of all Windows Phones on the market and this number is expected to grow. I therefore hope more of you will get to enjoy BBC programmes on the go with iPlayer with Windows Phone 8 devices."

BBC iPlayer is now available for all operating systems, with apps also available on iOS, Android and Blackberry 10.

The BBC iPlayer shortcut can be downloaded now for free from the Windows Phone Store. µ


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