BBC iPlayer app for iPad and Android promises live TV

9 February 2011

iplayer_ipad_app2Your 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.

TOPICS:   Mobile   Gadgets   Technology


  • Gunn
    How do they know if you have a license?
  • Marketing W.
    Oh they have fleets of detector vans patrolling YOUR area. These vans are stuffed full of highly-trained boffins crouched over leading-edge equipment that can track down any non-payers - even which station they're watching! - and report them to the authorities. It's the LAW. Well, either that or they just have freelancing debt collectors who go round the softer neighbourhoods only, calling on spec at any addresses which aren't listed as holding a licence. They then threaten the householders to prove they do not have a television, harassing them and threatening them with all kinds of laws (which they don't have the right to enforce anyway) including the right of entry, which they definitely don't have. If the householders pay, the debt collectors pocket £20 commission. It's one of the above anyway. Ask Len Dastard. He'll tell you.
  • Alexis
    "How do they know if you have a license?" They knock on your door, you answer, you confess all and then sign a bit of paper admitting it. They then take you to court where you get fined about £200, just slightly more than the cost of a licence. If you have two brain cells though, you simply ignore Capita's monthly junkmail, don't answer the door when they turn up once a year or tell the salesman to go forth and multiply. And they can do diddly squat. The former generally applies to single mothers and the elderly - Capita's favourite victims.
  • Farhad A.
    Finally, I can watch TV on the go!
  • brian works on 3g too! free registration
  • SimbaK2K
    What no iPhone version? Lame.
  • AJ
    iPhone? Lame.
  • The B.
    My mum phoned up the TV licensing people yesterday the conversation went something like this (and she may have exaggerated): "My husbands just died and I need to change the TV license into my name" "He'll need to send us a letter" "What? He's dead! Much as I'm a bit of a miracle worker, I can't raise the dead, how do I go about getting the license into my name?" "Your husband will need to send us a letter" "I don't think you're quite understanding that he's dead, he's been cremated, I can't even dig him up and try to reanimate him, he's a pile of ash, he can't write" (apparently she was starting to get a little shouty at this point) "Oh right, can you send us a letter telling us that he's dead then?" "Yes" "Do that then" And who says they're shit?
  • Nob
    Why does she need the license in her name? The existing license covers the house, not the person whose name it is in.
  • Marky M.
    Wouldn't it be cheaper to wait till the renewal comes and tell the licensing company to chase her husband for next year's telly tax?
  • The B.
    She's just shifting everything over to her name now rather than later and doing it to keep herself occupied I think.
  • maxtweenie
    @Marketing Wanker (apt name btw), I used to be a TV License Records Officer, and I can tell you that the van did work. We found it was most effective however if we simply parked it outside the schools at half three and let the kids go home and tell the parents. As for the rest of your rant, it IS the law. So just pay up.
  • brian
    it's weird. If I only had a laptop only and no telly would i need to get a tv licence?
  • oliverreed
    Rather waste cash on this than that cunting welsh S4C channel at 100 million a year - there's only 2 million Welsh people for fuck sake and since the mines closed the bastards have been dole dossers ever since.
  • Steve
    What's wrong with just using
  • James C.
    There's no "watch via 3G" option here because the mobile phone companies have gone on their knees to plead with the BBC to spare them from the added bandwidth this will use, and the BBC listens to them and thinks that it's not a bad idea really not to break the UK's 3G network. (There's also, potentially, no "watch via 3G" option because the BBC aren't encoding their programmes in a way that works via 3G) James (who knows these things)
  • GCS M.
    Hi guys we found this way to to watch the iPlayer on the iPhone through 3G streaming check it out Let us know if this works for you....

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