It looks like the BBC iPlayer app for the iPad is due this this week for UK users with a US version due later in the year. The app will enable streaming and downloading of BBC content over wifi (but not 3G).  Having the ability to download and watch later shows will be a great way to take content with you when traveling.

Daniel Danker on the BBC Internet blog said:

We’re just applying the finishing touches to the apps as we speak, and all things being well we plan to have Android and iPad apps in stores by the end of the week.

Having stuck our toe in the water last year with the iPad (initially, we quickly repurposed our big screen version), this new native app is a significant improvement on the existing experience and it’s great to be on the Android platform too. Our intention is to be on as many devices and platforms as possible.

Here are the key features on Android and iPad:

  • Watch live TV and listen to radio (not previously widely available on mobile devices)
  • Access the BBC’s full catalogue of catch-up programmes; seven-days’ TV and radio on demand as well as series stacking (as you get on the web)
  • A simple and intuitive design with high picture quality and personalised favourites (making the most of the touch-screen UI, and a popular feature on the website)

Older Android phones may not work as the minimum requirements are 2.2 with Flash 10.1

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