Nokia N97 news

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Nokia N97

Firstly, Nokia have announced the Nokia N97 will ship in the UK with the BBC iPlayer, similar to the Nokia N96.

More importantly, we’re hearing that the Nokia N97 may well be available on pre-order / pre-registration as early as tomorrow.  This will be on Vodafone, although it’s not yet clear whether they have any form of exclusive on the device.  Of course, a pre-order could still mean the phone is 6 weeks away, so don’t get your wallet out quite yet.

We will provide more details as we get them.


BBC iPlayer now available for S60 5th edition

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

iPlayer on 5800

Along with the other applications we mentioned last week, BBC iPlayer is now available for the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, which uses the new S60 5th edition Symbian OS.  Right now, it can only stream video from the BBC to the phone (unlike the Nokia N96 S60 3rd Edition iPlayer client, which stream or download for later viewing), and there are a few little other issues with it, which All About Symbian list in their article, but it’s a very good start.

The application should be available in the Download! section on the device itself for UK users only.

Story and picture courtesy of All About Symbian [Via]


BBC iPlayer now supports Mac and Linux

Friday, December 19th, 2008

The BBC have announced this week that their iPlayer service now supports Mac and Linux, such that viewers can now download programmes.  The BBC have achieved this by working with Adobe to produce a solution in AIR, which is cross platform.  However, this is only available to BBC iPlayer Labs users in the short term, with it being rolled out to everyone during 2009.  Right now, there are also only a handful of shows that are supported by the new platform, although more will be coming in time, so although the BBC are happy for people to apply to the new beta service, they recommend you don’t uninstall the old version for a while.


BBC update iPlayer client

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Shortly after the formal launch, the BBC have upgraded the Symbian iPlayer client.  The new version supports accessing the content over 3G (although presumably still limited to UK 3G networks), and also supports the downloading of some shows for playing offline.  Head over to the BBC to download.


BBC iPlayer for Symbian phones

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

BBC iPlayer for Symbian phones is now live.  Although it was announced that the Nokia N96 would ship with the iPlayer client, the BBC has released the client here for any recent Symbian mobile phone which also encompasses the WRT (Web Runtime) client.  If your N95, N95 8Gb, or N85 is running the latest firmware, it should work for example.  The iPlayer client only works over a WiFi connection as opposed to a 3G connection at present.


BBC iPlayer coming to the Nokia N96

Monday, September 8th, 2008

It looks like Nokia and BBC have done a deal such that the N96 will come with a BBC iPlayer Symbian version built in. There’s a lot of discussion going on at the moment about whether or not it may be possible to get this client to work on other Symbian phones, although we’ll have to wait to see.  It looks like it will support downloaded programmes as well as streaming programmes.


BBC announces iPlayer 2.0 Beta

Monday, June 30th, 2008

BBC iPlayer 2.0 Beta

BBC have announced that their iPlayer 2.0 interface is now in beta testing. This builds on the success of the current iPlayer website, but will offer a much more personalised web browsing experience, better radio and TV listings, and higher quality options.


BBC iPlayer to be made available via Virgin

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

BBC iPlayer

The BBC has signed a deal with Virgin Media to make the iPlayer available to their customers via their TVs. Little technical informatino is available, nor the exact launch date. The most information available from the BBC is that “Virgin Media customers will be able to see full-screen pictures without the need for downloading.”


Access BBC iPlayer from your PS3

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Sony PS3

After releasing the initial support for the Nintendo Wii last week, the BBC have also explained that they weren’t able to reach a deal with Sony to provide the same functionality on the PS3. However, an enterprising individual has created the website, which, if you access it from your PS3, will get you access to the BBC iPlayer website. It’s doesn’t work perfectly, but it at least shows what could be possible if the BBC and Sony were able to resolve their artistic differences.

Story courtesy of Tech Digest.


BBC iPlayer coming to the Nintendo Wii

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

BBC iPlayer

BBC have announced that their iPlayer will be coming to the Nintendo Wii starting from yesterday. It will be available via the Internet Channel (which if you haven’t already got this will cost you 500 Points). An initial version should now be available, although more versions will be available throughout the year as the service develops. It is, however, limited to people in the UK who are licence-fee payers.