BBC iPlayer for iPhone Launches in UK, 3G Streaming of Live TV and Radio

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    The BBC's iPlayer for iPhone has arrived in the United Kingdom with 3G streaming of live BBC TV and radio. In a blog post announcing the app, the BBC noted that 1.5 million users have installed the iPlayer for iPad app, and 16.5 million programs were watched on mobile devices, up 129% year-over-year. With the new iPhone and iPod Touch app, that number should continue to aggressively increase.

    The UK version of iPlayer allows domestic viewers to view live BBC TV and radio and watch catch-up TV over Wi-Fi and 3G.

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    The 3G streaming works on the iPhone 3GS or newer as well as 3G-capable iPads. The app uses extensive adaptive bitrate technologies to adjust streaming speeds depending on signal strength, and the BBC's tech team has worked closely with UK carriers to optimize the experience for users.

    BBC iPlayer is a universal app for iPhone and iPad, free on the App Store for United Kingdom users only. [Direct Link]

    The BBC global iPlayer app, which was updated last week, is available in most of Western Europe and Canada -- and is coming to the United States. The app doesn't have the Live-TV, DVR and TV catch-up features that the British version does -- instead, it's a video-on-demand subscription service that gives access to selected portions of the BBC archive.

    Article Link: BBC iPlayer for iPhone Launches in UK, 3G Streaming of Live TV and Radio
     
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    "The app is compatible with Apple AirPlay"

    Anyone got this to work? No AirPlay button anywhere!
     
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    Well, let's see if the U.S. Stations learn from this.
     
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    I've not tried it yet, but read that if you bring up the multitasking bar and swipe along the direction towards the volume controls, there should be there?
     
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    I would guess its using the mirroring function that's on the iPad. Double tap home and swipe your finger right and see if the airplay icon shows up on there.

    I'lll give it a try on mine and see if it works.
     
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    click Home twice, scroll to the left and you should see an AirPlay icon there..
     
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    Thanks, yes that's it - works fine to my iMac and MacMini (AirServer) :D
     
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    I got it to play the sound through my Airport Express by double tapping the home button and swiping along to the volume control and turning AirPlay on from there.
     
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    Nice work BBC.

    Wish I could get this and use it through my VPN :/ Not too keen on having multiple Apple accounts for different stores though.
     
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    I wonder

    I wonder if the British know what a precious resource they have in the BBC. From here in the hyper-commercialized US, it looks like a very valuable intellectual crown property. Keep it up!

    On the other hand, let me whine like non-US posters do when Apple rolls out a new service gradually, and say, "Let's have it here!"

    I guess I knew that the subscription model was what was going to happen for us non-Brits, and watching live is too much of a technical challenge to pull off, but I'd still think that giving us some access to the "crown jewels" of the BBC for free would be a very cheap advertisement for Britain.
     
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    sure you give us some HBO in return:p
     
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    BBC isn't just great for the ad-free content, it's the fact that it legally has to provide non-bias news content, plus their website for news and sport is excellent.

    I sometimes moan about having to pay a license fee, but generally we get our moneys worth.
     
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    The most amazing news in this is the AirPlay compatibility! Finally!!! :D
     
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    This is really good news, almost makes up for the lack of iPlayer app on the AppleTV. Now all we need is to be able to download shows for offline viewing and it'll be perfect.

    To the non-UK people that can't get this at the moment, we don't get the BBC completely for free in the UK, we have to pay a TV license fee of £12.37 (about $19US) a month. A lot of people complain about this, but TBH I've never had an issue with paying for the TV license, I think it's better value than a lot of the ad subsidised TV and Radio we get.

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    Absolutely :D
     
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    Great!!! Thanks BBC. Now .....can we somehow record it :D
     
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    I've had no problem viewing iPlayer using a VPN service (Overplay) connected to a UK proxy server when I'm travelling outside the UK however I haven't yet tried this on the iPhone iPlayer.

    However as you've said, you'd need an account on the UK Apple Store to get the app.

    The iPlayer app is excellent - well done BBC! As a number of people have said, it just needs download ability for offline viewing.

    The message to Apple is that Apple TV is missing a trick and the much rumoured Apple TV set would be pointless in the UK unless it can support country specific TV services such as BBC iPlayer.

    Particularly given the UK will be launching YouView products that will combine BBC iPlayer content with content from other channels like ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.
     
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    Is it easy to open a UK iTunes Store account or must one have a UK credit card linked to a UK address? I'm American, but want this app.
     
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    I know...
     

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    BBC iPlayer on 3G... Kiss goodbye to your meagre 500MB monthly data...
     
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    In general, we do. Sadly we still have newspapers such as the Daily Mail which fall over themselves to slur the BBC at every available opportunity.
    We have just had momentous political issues over the European Union, with our prime minister effectively opting out of much of the union, and with potentially long term consequences for the economy, jobs, etc. etc.
    And what is the Mail's headline in these dangerous times?

    "BBC FAKES FROZEN PLANET."

    You probably won't have had a chance to see this magnificent series yet; just about the best natural history program ever made, with magnificent photography, and as thought provoking as any program could be, about an important part of the natural world.
    But, because one small part of the program, featuring a polar bear having cubs, was filmed at a Zoo (because it would be either impossible to do in the wild,or at the very least dangerous for both the camera team, and the cubs) this turns into the headline above.
    This is just one of many and regular attacks on the BBC from certain elements of the press, in the UK.

    So for some, sadly, the BBC is used as a political football. Sure, the Beeb don't always get everything right. That is impossible. But those with a political agenda, are always baying for the BBC's blood. Of course their probable connections with other broadcasters, presumably in "competition" with the Beeb, are never mentioned.

    At least it is nice to see that there are those outside the UK who appreciate the work that the bBC does at it's best.
     
  24. macrumors 6502

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    GiffGaff network its your solution;)
     
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    BBC is owned by the public, each and every person who has a TV has to pay a certain amount to the government and this way can provide it for free.
    Most if not all US stations are commercial and would lose money if they give their content away for free.
     

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