Having already been available on the iPad for just under six months now, the global iPlayer application from the BBC has been updated today to finally introduce support for the iPhone and the iPod touch. That means users will now be able to watch their favorite shows wherever they may be without having to cart their tablet around with them.
The global iPlayer application is different that offered to British users, because it comes from the broadcasting company’s commercial arm for those outside of the U.K. Last week, the service made its way to Canada for the first time, with support already in place for Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Republic of Ireland, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Unlike the U.K.’s version of iPlayer, global iPlayer offers a subscription service for video on-demand features, with an extensive archive of classic and contemporary British TV shows. Whereas the British service is more of a catch-up feature that allows users to watch recent shows they may have missed, for up to 30 days after they were first broadcast.
John Smith, Chief Executive of BBC Worldwide, says that support for the iPhone and iPod touch allows global iPlayer to reach a larger audience:
“The global BBC iPlayer has seen great growth since the pilot first launched in July – both in terms of geographical expansion and technological developments. Moving to iPhone and iPod Touch allows us to take the service to a significant new potential audience and deliver fantastic programme content from the BBC and the UK’s creative industry.”
As a British iPlayer user, I hope this new means that the U.K.’s iPlayer application will also get support for the iPhone and iPod touch in the near future. It’s a shame that it’s currently tied to just the iPad.
What do you think of the update to BBC iPlayer?
[via The Next Web]