iPlayer on iPhone

The BBC has announced that it has finally brought its popular iPlayer application to iPhone and iPod touch users in the U.K. in an update that’s available in the App Store today. And to accompany its mobile support, the update adds support for 3G video streaming across all U.K. carriers.

In a post on its blog, the Beeb said that support for the iPhone and iPod touch makes BBC channels and radio networks easier than ever access wherever you may be:

The BBC iPlayer app for the iPhone and iPod touch puts all of the BBC’s national television channels and radio networks in your pocket. You can now watch live television channels and listen to live radio stations wherever you are.

With this update, the BBC has implemented a helpful live channel chooser that allows you to quickly flick between channels while you’re watching a stream. The app is also AirPlay compatible so you can stream video from your iOS device to your Apple TV to enjoy on your television. Furthermore, the update also enables background audio so you can listen to your favorite radio shows while you use other apps on your device.

To provide a truly mobile experience, BBC iPlayer now works over 3G, allowing you to stream shows from anywhere as long as you have a good 3G connection. That means you no longer have to search around for wireless hotspots to catch up with your favorite shows.

The BBC previously introduced support to its iPlayer Global application for those outside the U.K., and I’m delighted that its now available to British users. I’ve been waiting months for it!

Will you be using BBC iPlayer on your iPhone or iPod touch?

[via BBC Internet Blog]