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BBC iPlayer on Windows Phone 8

Will Windows Phone 8 have a BBC iPlayer app?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Nov. 8, 2012 at 18:51

In summer it was rumoured to be a big fat NO. But a few days ago the BBC confirmed it was 'working closely with M$ to ensure...." the bestest iPlayer ever will come to the WP8 platform.
When exactly? Dunno.

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 8, 2012 at 18:51

In summer it was rumoured to be a big fat NO. But a few days ago the BBC confirmed it was 'working closely with M$ to ensure...." the bestest iPlayer ever will come to the WP8 platform.
When exactly? Dunno.

ChewBakker  Nov. 19, 2012 at 22:46

About time too. WP8 is really good. I have the Lumia 920, iPhone 4S and Galaxy S3. The best phone by a mile is the Lumia. This has fantastic playback of streaming Netflix movies. iPlayer would be a nice addition, though not a reason not to buy this phone.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 19, 2012 at 23:02

About time too. WP8 is really good. I have the Lumia 920, iPhone 4S and Galaxy S3. The best phone by a mile is the Lumia. This has fantastic playback of streaming Netflix movies. iPlayer would be a nice addition, though not a reason not to buy this phone.

You have all 3? Why is the Nokia Lumia 920 better in your opinion than the SGS3 or iPhone 4S? Not goading ;) I'm just nosey :D
(I used the SGS3 for 2 weeks and didn't like it much. The 4S wasn't bad, but it's quite a bit older than the other 2; and its size makes it whatever the opposite of standing out is in that humungous company.)

ChewBakker  Nov. 20, 2012 at 00:28

I tend to get most of the good gadgets. For tablets, I have Nexus 7 (this is smart, small and fast), iPad 2 - don't use this much now, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Just got this and it is a really nice piece of hardware, much better than the iPad in just about every respect except screen resolution. I will get the Surface Pro when it comes out. Just ordered the Dell XPS 12 - maxed it out on spec.

The Lumia 920 is a technical marvel that has WP8 sat on top. The technology in the Lumia offers far more than the iPhone: Hardware - Better Screen Resolution. Ability to see the screen much more clearly in sunlight. Larger Screen so I can actually see it. View 720p movies with no screen compression. The scratch resistant surfaces of the enclosure and the screen - the slightly curved screen feels really nice to hold. The ability to use the touch screen even with gloves on. The camera has got to be the best on any phone ever, the photos and video taken with it are far better than anything that can be achieved on any other phone. A proper camera shutter button - press to pos 1 to auto focus, press to pos 2 to take the picture just like a real camera. Anti-Vibration mounted Camera Lens. Uses the Industry Standard connector for power and USB connection - unlike Apple who decided that flavour of the year for the iPhone 5 is another connector not used on any other phone that renders all previous iPhone accessories useless. Wireless Charging - I just drop my Lumia 920 onto the charging plate. The battery appears to last a lot longer that the one in my iPhone 4S. NFC - why Apple don't offer this I have no idea.

WP8 is a really well thought out Phone Operating System that allows a good degree of customisation using Live Tiles. The look-and-feel of WP8 is fantastic, a great improvement on WP7 which I was not too impressed with. WP8 includes full Microsoft Office integration with editing and reading of Office files. I really like the integration with my X-Box as well. This is a reall operating system rather than the "Early Learning Centre" iOS offered on the iPhone.

On the software side: The Nokia Apps that come pre-installed are some of the best available. Nokia Maps - A Mapping program that actually works. Nokia Drive - a really nice SatNav system with full offline maps and voice guidance with speed limit notification. Nokia City Lens - locates everything of interest in your current location and overlays them onto the mapping software.

7GByte of free SkyDrive space. It is really nice the way Windows 8 Pro and WP8 integrate well together, and the similar way they both work.

The Lumia 920 has got to be the best phone I have owned. It really feels nice to hold. I could go on and on praising this phone, but you can find more details if you go to http://www.nokia.com/gb-en/products/phone/lumia920/specifications/

Oh, and don't worry about the App count. The iPhone may have more apps at the minute, but you must remember that most of the best ones are available for WP8.

I use Netflix a lot, and it is much better on the larger screen of the Lumia 920 than the smaller lower resolution screen of the iPhone.

I have never been a Microsoft fan (I had a 27" iMAC and a 13" MacBook Air), but Windows 8 and WP8 are both excellent products that offer far more to the end-user than OSX and iOS. Windows 8 will take a bit of time for people to get use to as it is so different to Windows 7, but it will come as the PC hardware needed to properly support it becomes more readily available. I've built myself a desktop system with Windows 8 using two Samsung Touch Screen Monitors and moved my iMAc and MacBook Air onto my daughters.


John

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 20, 2012 at 02:14

Thanks.
I never worry about the app count.
I have exactly four 3rd party apps on my Nokia N9 (which, btw, makes me appreciate what you say about the curved screen, casing, etc...).
If Twitter hadn't killed ALL (!) webOS apps, I'd still be using a Pre 3 - with exactly 4 3rd party apps ;)
I currently have an iPhone 5 on trial for a week or so. I'm impressed by its battery performance. Screen is lovely (on 25% or so it's excellent outdoors).
I don't mind the new connector - I'd love micro-usb also, but ce la vie. And lets be real: At one point I had a Galaxy Tab, a Galaxy phone, a Samsung camera and MP3 player. ALL FOUR had different adapters despite being same 'generation' give or take 5 months. With Apple all new devices and devices of the next few years will use the same connector. Just saying...)

I'm contractually barred from talking about Windows/Microsoft... No, I made that up; but I've been told I sound 'deranged' when I talk about M$, so I shan't comment on Windows 8.

I'm sure I give the Lumia 920 a go once it hits Ireland.

Lastly: do you work in marketing by any chance? :)

ChewBakker  Nov. 20, 2012 at 08:18

Hi - I do agree that at least all Apple products will have the same connector :-)

The N9 was as good phone. I had one of those as well - gave it to my youngest daughter when she broke her phone (She now has a 4S).

On the plus side for iPhone 5, it is very easy to use ;-)

The GS3 is also a good phone. Everyone I know who has one is pleased with it. I think the GS3 feels less classy in the hand. It feels too flimsy, too much plastic. The OS on the GS3 is OK, allowing a lot of customisation - the Widgets are a good feature. If you do get a chance to use a Lumia 920 for a week, I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised.

Marketting - sorry, don't even know how to spell it :-)

Back on subject - have you anything more about iPlayer on WP8?

John

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 20, 2012 at 11:31

No news i can find about the iPlayer for Windows Phone 8. (But hey, you can get it for the winmo 6.5 HTC HD2 :D )

In fact, a quick Google search for the past week or so gives e the impression we are the only ones even wondering anymore... Also checked Twitter - zip.

kathimap  Dec. 3, 2012 at 00:12

Hello

there is three things so far i don't like in lumia 920. 1 Bluetooth headphones - can't change audio setting with it need to connect 3.5" jack :( 2. no bbc iplayer, 3. can't open my pdf files with ms pdf reader some error occured

ChewBakker  Dec. 3, 2012 at 12:28

Hello

there is three things so far i don't like in lumia 920. 1 Bluetooth headphones - can't change audio setting with it need to connect 3.5" jack :( 2. no bbc iplayer, 3. can't open my pdf files with ms pdf reader some error occured


Hi, Not sure on the Bluetooth headphones - I will look into that one. The BBC iPlayer missing is a real issue for Nokia and for Microsoft. I use Netflix and have no issues with it. £5 a month is not too bad a price for such a good service though. Not sure about your pdf reader problems. I have not seen this as a problem on my phone. Do you have this issue with all pdf files? John

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