BBC iPlayer app for iPad and Android promises live TV
Your license fee is about to stretch even further - the BBC has confirmed the launch of their iPlayer app before the end of the week. The iPlayer has been optimised for mobile and tablet devices in the past, but now the services will be bundled into a custom-built application - not only for the iPad, but for Android devices too.
Of course, if you don't pay a license fee, then the apps provide one more reason why you still shouldn't bother. A key feature of the new apps is the ability to watch live TV and listen to radio, not previously widely available on mobile devices. Users will also be able to access the BBC's full catalogue of catch-up programmes - seven-days' TV and radio on demand as well as series stacking, a feature available on the web.
The app won't work on every Android device - you'll need one that uses Android version 2.2 and has Adobe Flash 10.1 Player installed.
More disappointing for all users, is the suggestion on the BBC blog that the app will only utilise WiFI, not 3G, which restricts its use as a truly mobile app. There's no doubt the iPlayer would chew through a massive amount of data, but now that service providers are charging for this and some customers are choosing to pay accordingly, it seems a little odd that the BBC would add such a restriction.