BBC iPlayer now available on Windows Phone 8

The BBC has now released its iPlayer app for handsets running Windows Phone 8, but it won't be available for devices running the older Windows Phone 7.5 version of the software.

The BBC's iPlayer app is now available to download for handsets that use Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system.


The streaming TV and radio service was said to be headed to the platform back in March , but was finally officially announced for release on Wednesday.

"The application will enable you to catch up on your favourite BBC shows on the go. We know this is something that is becoming more and more popular as in March this year 30 percent of overall requests came from mobiles or tablets, with 81 million requests in total," Dave Price, head of BBC iPlayer, wrote on the corporation's blog.

The application itself consists of a shortcut to the mobile optimised version of the iPlayer website, a live tile for the home screen and a media player.

However, it's not all good news for Windows Phone owners as the BBC said the application was only available on Windows Phone 8, not Windows Phone 7.5. The BBC confirmed that it wouldn't be coming to the older version of the OS in future either as the team was unable to provide the same quality playback experience as on Windows Phone 8. Nonetheless, Price noted correctly that Windows Phone 8 devices made up the majority of handsets that used the Microsoft OS and it was a number that was expected to grow.

Nokia launched its newest, range-topping Windows Phone 8 based handset, the Lumia 925 on Tuesday, revealing at the same time that the Windows Phone app store now has more than 145k apps available to download.

In March, the BBC decommissioned the service on a number of earlier generation devices including older Nokia, BlackBerry, Samsung and Sony Ericsson smartphones as they accounted for just 0.17 percent of iPlayer usage.

The BBC uses a similar system for its iPlayer service on BlackBerry 10 smartphones, eschewing the full native app in favour of linking to a mobile-friendly version of the website.