Way back in September 2011, David “Dave” Robinson (who?) scribbled No BBC iPlayer for Windows Phone. More recently, in May this year, Nokia claimed BBC iPlayer for Windows Phone was coming soon. So what’s the deal?
Well, according to the Beeb, it’s the former: no BBC iPlayer for Windows Phone any time soon.
The news comes straight from Daniel Danker, General Manager for Programmes & On Demand at the BBC, who wrote in response to a query from a Windows Phone user.
Danny explains that building a Windows Phone BBC iPlayer app would be the “costliest” option, as Windows Phone “uses technologies unlike those used on any other platform.”
Worse still, Windows Phone 8 (Apollo) will be different once again, meaning any Windows Phone BBC iPlayer app would have to be “rebuilt from the ground up”.
Option #2 would see Windows Phone users accessing bbc.co.uk/iplayer, however Danny explains that there’s “a bug in Windows Phone that prevents our standards-based media from being played on those devices. Microsoft has been aware of the bug for over a year now.” Oh dear.
In short: don’t blame the Beeb; blame Microsoft.