BBC brings iPlayer Radio app to Windows Phone

In May, the BBC introduced a major update to its iPlayer app for Windows Phone, giving it a new look, improved performance and, for the first time, support for live television, finally allowing British viewers to watch the Corporation’s portfolio of UK TV channels on the move. However, it wasn’t all good news, as support for radio content was removed from the app completely.

The BBC did offer some hope though, promising that it was working on an app to bring its radio services back to Microsoft’s mobile OS, and that app has now arrived. Almost two years after the launch of BBC iPlayer Radio for the iPhone, the app is now available on the Windows Phone Store.

The app allows users to listen live to the BBC’s UK radio stations, along with the World Service, as well as offering catch-up support for some programming that has already been broadcast. The user interface is similar to that of the main iPlayer app, with some thought given to helping listeners to discover new content.

Unfortunately, like that app, iPlayer Radio is basically just a web wrapper, rather than offering a full native app experience. It also lacks some of the features available on other platforms, as the BBC itself acknowledges.

Daniel Bean, senior product manager for BBC iPlayer Radio, said that the Beeb was keen to deliver a working app as quickly as possible to satisfy demand from users who were left wanting after radio support was removed in May. He said: “This means that some features which are more challenging to build aren’t currently available, such as signing in to your BBC account or listening to catch up programmes for national and local stations.”

The BBC says it will deliver these features at some point in the future, but details have not been shared on when exactly that might happen.

BBC iPlayer Radio is now available to download via the Windows Phone Store, and is exclusively available in the United Kingdom.

Source: BBC Internet Blog

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and sorry to rant on, but I am getting rid of my Tivo and going to stop paying for the license fee and just watch via streaming (not live so bbc can £$%£ off!), netflix anyone? and at least it has a app for the wii-u.

bloddy useless wasteful bbc and what rip off at £145 a year and you should see some of the threat letters they send to my Dad (68 year old cancer survivor) and he does not even have a TV!

Just checked out how the license fee is spent:-http://www.bbc.co.uk/abouttheb...thebbc/whoweare/licencefee/

I was not far off when I said £4 billion, actual figure is £3,900 million OMFG!!!

I wonder how much is wasted though? - like the failed IT digital media project @£100 million down the drain! and how much goes on 'Admin' you know; staff / office / salaries / consultancy / pensions < hope they are not still paying child abuser JS's pension to his family?

I know this is slightly off topic, but would be nice if the beeb brought out iplayer for the wii-u

Get about £4 billion a year in revenue I think, correct me if I am wrong :-) and don't release an app for this platform! should be on every device, then it might be worth paying £15 a month license fee... :-(

Simon Fowkes said,
I know this is slightly off topic, but would be nice if the beeb brought out iplayer for the wii-u

Get about £4 billion a year in revenue I think, correct me if I am wrong :-) and don't release an app for this platform! should be on every device, then it might be worth paying £15 a month license fee... :-(

Ditto for XB1 which has so many media apps now that it's starting to look like a practical joke that iPlayer is missing.

Hmm, more meh.

Can someone explain to me why neither WP8, 8.1 or WinRT seems to be able to support the development of real 'Radio Alarm' type app? TuneIn on Android has had this functionality for years, therefore the Nexus 7 remains to wake every morning. Nothing seems to be able to replicate this on my Windows devices.

I've even wondered if an SP3 with Bluestacks will be capable (?)

Cyborg_X said,
Radio doesn't require a license.

No, but it's still paid for by the people of the UK via the TV licence.

I exclusively listen to BBC Radio, mainly Radio 2, as there are no adverts. I'm quite happy to pay £0.39 a day for this luxury.

Tomo said,
I exclusively listen to BBC Radio, mainly Radio 2, as there are no adverts. I'm quite happy to pay £0.39 a day for this luxury.

Quite agree. Same goes for the TV for me. There's many a time when i'll go "oo that looks good... oh ITV/STV... :( )

use a proxy server [sorry this is not in the right place]

The license fee model is so old, needs to be replaced with micro payments / subscription and allow anyone access anywhere on the planet (hey like it is the 21st century)

Simon Fowkes said,
use a proxy server [sorry this is not in the right place]

The license fee model is so old, needs to be replaced with micro payments / subscription and allow anyone access anywhere on the planet (hey like it is the 21st century)


i know, but on a phone it gets really complicated, up till now ive been using android, in a few days i will be getting my first windows phone and it will probably take me at least a month to get used to it, but i dont feel like using proxy since its forbidden and since im not fond of british accent, so i will just use jazzradio and spotify, they are pretty much the best

Deyirn said,
and since im not fond of british accent, so i will just use jazzradio and spotify, they are pretty much the best

For someone complaining about being "Given the finger" you sure have a lot of reasons why you don;t want to use it any way. Moaning for the sake of moaning.

Simon Fowkes said,
The license fee model is so old, needs to be replaced with micro payments / subscription and allow anyone access anywhere on the planet (hey like it is the 21st century)

The licence fee also paid for the transmitters being upgraded or replaced for Freeview TV and DAB radio, it doesn't just pay for content.