Lumia Windows Phones to get BBC iPlayer app soon

UK residents love their TV and they also love being able to watch their favorite BBC shows on the BBC iPlayer service and its corresponding mobile apps. Now it looks like owners of Nokia's Lumia devices will soon be able to get their own version of the iPlayer app. The Inquirer reporter that, according to a Nokia spokesperson, the BBC iPlayer app should be available to download for Lumia phones in "a few weeks".

The report is scarce on details but it sounds like the launch will be at least a timed exclusive for Lumia owners in the UK, although the time period for that exclusivity has yet to be announced. Since its launch as a web-based application in late 2007, the iPlayer has expanded to support iOS, Android and Blackberry smartphones, along with the Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360 game consoles.

Nokia has already announced plans to offer timed exclusive Windows Phone apps here in the US for Lumia users; earlier this month, the company announced deals that would allow Lumia owners to download apps for companies like Groupon, AOL and ESPN.

Source: The Inquirer

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This is amazing news, at last the BBC is recognising the growing WP community. Whether Nokia Lumias get this first is probably neither here nor there, it doesn't serve the BBC's interest to keep this Lumia-only. Perhaps Lumia exclusivity for a little while but that's exactly what happened with the Lumia 900 and AT&T for about all of 1 month.

I wonder what they're using instead of Flash?

This is ridiculous. I have an HTC Titan which came out before the Lumias - why should I have to wait to get apps which they get for an exclusive period? I've paid my money for a WP7 phone why should I be punished for having an HTC?

Considering the amount of flak the BBC received from Mac users when they initially launched the iPlayer as a PC only download, I doubt they'd repeat their mistake by giving Nokia a timed exclusive. I seem to recall reading a report a couple of months ago stating that the BBC were in talks with Microsoft to bring iPlayer to WP7. Oh and there are no legal 3rd party iPlayer apps, they're all developed in house.

The original article suggests it's for all Windows Phones anyway. Certainly I don't infer that it's Lumia only from the quotes.
""BBC Iplayer is expected to arrive on Windows Phone within the next few weeks, a sign that the Windows Phone Marketplace is attracting more developers."

I do agree with the fact that if Nokia have stumped up the costs and development for an app, they should have some control over its release. But isnt the BBC iPlayer app a non commercial app? Here in the UK the BBC is a government funded, (tax payer) organisation. I don't know for certain if this spans across to their digital media and app broadcasting division, (or whatever this would fall into), if it does fall into it, I don't think Nokia should be entitled to exclusive time based content. For a non-commercial app from the BBC, it shouldnt be subjected to this exclusivity to certain companies.

Depends on who developed the BBC iPlayer app. You assume that this is from the BBC. It's probably not. And even if it is, they probably paid a lot for it [which translates to more revenue for your government, yay!].

Edited by rfirth, May 25 2012, 5:50pm :

rfirth said,
Depends on who developed the BBC iPlayer app. You assume that this is from the BBC. It's probably not. And even if it is, they probably paid a lot for it [which translates to more revenue for your government, yay!].

The government doesn't get any money from the BBC but I agree with everything else you said.

uchiha_itachi said,
I do agree with the fact that if Nokia have stumped up the costs and development for an app, they should have some control over its release. But isnt the BBC iPlayer app a non commercial app? Here in the UK the BBC is a government funded, (tax payer) organisation. I don't know for certain if this spans across to their digital media and app broadcasting division, (or whatever this would fall into), if it does fall into it, I don't think Nokia should be entitled to exclusive time based content. For a non-commercial app from the BBC, it shouldnt be subjected to this exclusivity to certain companies.

Don't you need Xbox Live Gold to get bbc iplayer on your Xbox? Is that fair to people who pay the TV Tax but don't want to pay for xbox online?

I really don't like this. I understand certain handset manufacturers bundle apps specific to their own hardware, (HTC sound enhancing, Samsung weather/news brief, Nokia drive, etc.) but for a third party app to now come along and only be exclusive to Nokia handsets. I don't think whoever thought of this decision realises the repercussions this could have on other handset manufacturers for windows phones along with users of other handsets.

I get the partnership between Microsoft and Nokia, but this just seems wrong to me.

uchiha_itachi said,
I really don't like this. I understand certain handset manufacturers bundle apps specific to their own hardware, (HTC sound enhancing, Samsung weather/news brief, Nokia drive, etc.) but for a third party app to now come along and only be exclusive to Nokia handsets. I don't think whoever thought of this decision realises the repercussions this could have on other handset manufacturers for windows phones along with users of other handsets.

I get the partnership between Microsoft and Nokia, but this just seems wrong to me.

Unless it's actually Nokia, or whoever else paying for and working on the app then I don't see it as wrong at all. It's like exclusive games on consoles, those happen because the console maker in question is paying the bill for the game, or paying for a large chunk of it at least.

So while it does stink for none Nokia WP owners who can't get the apps, on the flip side if it wasn't for Nokia going out and getting these apps we might have never had the chance, even with a time exclusive waiting period, of gotten them at all.

Well the article doesn't say anywhere that iPlayer will only be for Nokia. It's pretty much everywhere, so they can't pull out now. Though yes, other apps have already started becoming exclusive, much like some TV shows (Arrested Development) and games (God of War).

GP007 said,

Unless it's actually Nokia, or whoever else paying for and working on the app then I don't see it as wrong at all. It's like exclusive games on consoles, those happen because the console maker in question is paying the bill for the game, or paying for a large chunk of it at least.

So while it does stink for none Nokia WP owners who can't get the apps, on the flip side if it wasn't for Nokia going out and getting these apps we might have never had the chance, even with a time exclusive waiting period, of gotten them at all.

Comparing it to a game console is not the same. It is not like there are multiple hardware companies that make Xbox (you don't have a Nokia Xbox, Samsung Xbox, HTC Xbox) and multiple hardware companies that make Play Station. If there is an exclusive game for Xbox then all people that have an Xbox can play it but if there is an exclusive app for Nokia phones running Windows Phone then that means that people that also have a Windows Phone made from a different hardware company, like Samsung, cannot get it even though both are Windows phones.

BrentA said,

Comparing it to a game console is not the same. It is not like there are multiple hardware companies that make Xbox (you don't have a Nokia Xbox, Samsung Xbox, HTC Xbox) and multiple hardware companies that make Play Station. If there is an exclusive game for Xbox then all people that have an Xbox can play it but if there is an exclusive app for Nokia phones running Windows Phone then that means that people that also have a Windows Phone made from a different hardware company, like Samsung, cannot get it even though both are Windows phones.

Other phones will get them, just not right away. And Nokia does make it's own Nokia apps, as do the other OEMs that other Windows Phones don't get either. To that extent it's much like the console game model when it comes to exclusive and timed exclusive content. The point is, Nokia has went out and gotten deals to make these apps happen, other OEMs have done jack in this regard. The apps they do get will come to other Windows Phone hardware just after some time (though a few apps will go out to everyone right away). When you're the one who does the work to get the apps on the platform you're using and also pay money out of your pocket to do so I see it as being only fair to be allowed to reap the rewords in return.

HTC, Samsung and the rest can go out and do the same if they wanted to, seems they don't at this point so w/e. This is probably why my next phone will be a Nokia unless the other two step up their efforts.

uchiha_itachi said,
I really don't like this. I understand certain handset manufacturers bundle apps specific to their own hardware, (HTC sound enhancing, Samsung weather/news brief, Nokia drive, etc.) but for a third party app to now come along and only be exclusive to Nokia handsets. I don't think whoever thought of this decision realises the repercussions this could have on other handset manufacturers for windows phones along with users of other handsets.

I get the partnership between Microsoft and Nokia, but this just seems wrong to me.


All Samsung and HTC have done for Windows Phone was be there first. They haven't pushed it forward, they haven't released any outstanding devices, and they haven't pushed the envelope when it comes to software.

Stuff them, I think it's pretty clear if you want some good support, you want a Nokia at this stage.