No BBC iPlayer for Windows Phone: take 2

No BBC iPlayer for Windows Phone: take 2Way 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.

via: Engadget

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6 comments

mrew42  Aug. 21, 2012 at 16:35

Ha
Let the p***ing contest begin.......

dcx_badass  Aug. 21, 2012 at 16:40

Flash doesn't seem so silly now...

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 21, 2012 at 16:56

I'm sure the 4 people who own WP devices are devastated.

Pondlife  Aug. 21, 2012 at 17:47

They shouldn't have said it was coming soon then.
Would think they all use somewhat different technologies so seems a bit of a poor excuse, it's not like it's technology changed since May anyway.

Shonk  Aug. 21, 2012 at 22:38

I see 1 of the 4 people have arrived to moan :p

Pondlife  Aug. 21, 2012 at 23:23

If you meant me, nah that was a general moan I never bought a windows phone, I do think it's shoddy from the beeb.

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