Despite Microsoft’s continued push to bring developers over to Windows Phone, one that won’t be enticed by its bribes and rewards is the BBC. It has already ported its BBC iPlayer mobile application — which allows users to catch up with their favorite TV and radio shows on demand — to Android, Blackberry, and iOS. But those hoping it would continue its journey to Windows Phone are going to be disappointed.
Earlier this month, a Nokia representative gave users false hope when they said a BBC iPlayer app would hit the Windows Phone Marketplace “in the next few weeks.” But according to the BBC, there are no plans to support Microsoft’s smartphone platform. A spokesman for the company told Pocket-lint:
“BBC iPlayer is already on over 500 platforms and devices including Virgin Media, BT Vision, FreeSat, Freeview, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo Wii, and hundreds of mobile phones, tablets, and Internet-connected TVs.
“We are always looking at new and existing platforms to bring BBC iPlayer to, but have no plans to launch a BBC iPlayer native app in Windows Phone Marketplace in the immediate future.”
This is a blow to Windows Phone users — particularly those in the U.K. — and it only feeds criticism that the Windows Phone Marketplace is lacking key applications. Fortunately, you can still take advantage of the BBC iPlayer web app.
Are you disappointed BBC iPlayer won’t be coming to Windows Phone anytime soon?