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  • BBC iPlayer Screenshots Leaked: TV Download Coming Soon to your iPhone!


    The British Broadcasting Corporation, more commonly known as "BBC", is the longest and largest running broadcaster in the world. The BBC is paid for by an annual television licence fee, which is charged to all UK households that use equipment capable of recording and/or receiving live television broadcasts. Of course this fee is decided by the Government, leading to god knows what for prices. But for all of you BBC watchers, here is some good news.

    The BBC iPlayer will be bringing downloads and live streaming to your iPhone, even including interactive options and built-in streaming radio. This has all been confirmed by a leaked screenshot of the new player in action. The image shows a brand new BBC iPlayer iPhone app, complete with search, live streaming and the option to download TV shows. Yes, we said DOWNLOAD.

    Even more interesting, the live shows have the option to “send a message” to the program directly from the iPhone app. None of the new features are currently available with the iPlayer. So this is big news for BBC Watchers.

    Of course I have no release date for you, but from what we've seen it looks pretty much wrapped up. From the images we can also see that is on Wi-Fi so we can assume that 3G is probably disabled. However, if BBC really does allow TV downloads onto the iPhone, that might not matter at all.

    I should also mention, before you get your hopes up, this BBC iPlayer app is only available to UK residents. Digital Rights issues prevent BBC iPlayer working outside the UK. Of course, I'm sure we all know, there are always workarounds, but I'll leave that up to you to figure out.

    If you are in the UK and interested in using iPlayer through Media Center or your Xbox 360, Neowin posted a guide earlier this week on how to enable this - unofficially.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: BBC iPlayer Screenshots Leaked: TV Download Coming Soon to your iPhone! started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. howlett15's Avatar
      howlett15 -
      this is pretty awesome! Hope it comes soon
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      wow this looks very interesting
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Top Gear!!!
      Lol hahaha 360 users, PS3 has a built in iPlayer program!
    1. itsnolongfing's Avatar
      itsnolongfing -
      Definitely downloading this looks awesome
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      What shows do they offer anyway? But i like the idea of DOWNLOADING! I'll have to figure out a way to get the app and then search for shows that look interesting. I wish there was an app to download shows that we have here in the US. like NBC, FOX, etc.. If anybody knows of one let me know! PM me!
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      ok...
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Too bad, At&T network is suck. I don't think they would do that. Maybe Verizon but not at&T
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      for now ihulu is working great for me. Although something like this would be very welcome.

      Ultimately it would be great to have an actual hulu program where we could watch shows that are in our Queue's.

      tim
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tudtran View Post
      Too bad, At&T network is suck. I don't think they would do that. Maybe Verizon but not at&T
      My network with AT&T is great if only their network was like that in other areas where ppl have issues. Since i already have 3Gunrestrictor i'm set!
    1. iMister's Avatar
      iMister -
      looks good, cant wait for this, i have been using tvcatchup for iPhone, lets you watch live programmes with a slight delay (matter of seconds) But this app looks good.
    1. alan2022000's Avatar
      alan2022000 -
      i already use bbc iplayer on iphone, (the noremal one using safari)

      but this looks really good (just because of the DOWNLOAD bit)

      i do know that if you are on vodafone or 3 in the uk bbc iplayer will work using 3g buts we are still waiting for o2 and orange to change there minds and allow 3g access to,

      @hollow0
      3gunrestrictor is a good program and i use it to, but it wont work with bbc iplayer as bbc use a different way of checking if your using 3g or wifi (as for the same reason how they know if your in the UK or anywhere else... the only way i found that makes bbc iplayer work over 3g for me is to create a VPN on my home pc get my iphone to connect to it, then load bbc iplayer and pick what program i want, but then diconnect from VPN as even the sreaming would using the VPN (which my internet at home aint that great on the upload side of it) than as bbc iplayer is still there on safari with the play logo ready from before, click play and enjoy over 3g

      If any 1 has a easyer way, let me know, (it gets a pain to have to ring home and ask some1 to turn my pc on when im away and want to use bbc iplayer without wifi.

      thanks for the news tho , makes me like my iphone even more than i already do.
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      Cool love iPlayer, I have got to get this.

      What shows do they offer anyway?
      Every program showen on any BBC chanel.