Today we have some good news for those of you who like to catch up on BBC TV programs while on the go. It has been announced at last that the BBC iPlayer app has been launched for the iPhone, and an Android version is inbound as well.
The application is available now from the App Store as a free download, and is compatible with the iPhone 3GS and above. iPod Touch users can also get in on the action as well with iOS 4.3 or later according to PC Advisor. Users will now be able to catch up with all their favorite TV and radio shows that have already been shown by the broadcaster.
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If you are listening to the radio you will also be able to complete other tasks while the app runs in the background. David Madden from the BBC said “We want to make it a better and easier experience to catch up on your favorite programmes wherever you are”.
Some of the applications features include a live channel switcher that allows users to easily flick between channels. They can also tap the Live Channels button while watching content to see what is showing on other channels. It is hoped the app will launch globally by the end of the year.
If you have a device that is running iOS 5 or later you can connect your device to a TV via Apple’s AirPlay feature. Users also have the option of streaming content via Wi-Fi or 3G as well. The BBC has also announced that 3G streaming will soon be rolled out to the mobile web version of the iPlayer for all supported devices.
Meanwhile Android users can look forward to get a dedicated app to access the BBC iPlayer as it has been confirmed it is currently being worked on. Currently they are working on improving the video playback experience and adding 3G streaming. The Android version is expected to be released in the New Year.