On the BBC Internet blog the BBC have announced they are bring BBC
iPlayer to Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows 8. In the post the BBC say they have signed a deal with the Microsoft to enable the web version of iPlayer to work on Windows Phone via an app in the Windows Phone store and a live tile. There is no time frame for the app yet but for UK Windows Phone users it’s another app for the ecosystem.
Hopefully this partnership won’t stop at Windows Phone, I would love to see a Metro iPlayer app in the Windows Store with offline features like the iOS version of the iPlayer app.
We will be releasing a shortcut to BBC iPlayer in the near future which will be available in the Windows Phone Store, enabling the BBC iPlayer website to work on Windows Phone 7.5 and 8 via a live tile.
This shortcut will wrap the BBC iPlayer mobile website together with our media player. Hopefully these and other developments will help to expand our online reach further. Our latest figures show that over 650 different device types can access BBC iPlayer.
Working with the industry in ways like this helps our digital services reach more of the UK’s online population and gives our audiences ever increasing ways to access BBC services.