iSay! iPlayer coming to the iPad?

The BBC have moved quick to address speculation and reaffirm it’s position on making BBC Online more accessible to mobile devices.

Daniel Danker, General Manager of Future Media & Technology, commented on the BBC Internet Blog that auntie beeb would be offering the iPlayer app for both Android and iPad OS by as early as next week- meaning you’ll soon be able to view Doctor Who from anywhere you happen to be in/around/or on.

The main features of this new app are:

  • Watch live TV and listen to radio (not previously widely available on mobile devices)
  • Access the BBC’s full catalogue of catch-up programmes; seven-days’ TV and radio on demand as well as series stacking (as you get on the web)
  • A simple and intuitive design with high picture quality and personalised favourites (making the most of the touch-screen UI, and a popular feature on the website)

Unfortunately not all Android users will be able to download the app – only those with Android version 2.2 and Adobe Flash 10.1 Player installed will be able to enjoy this service.

Growth in people watching programmes like Doctor Who on mobile devices via the iPlayer has increased massively – with mobile use of BBC iPlayer outpacing PC growth by more than 2-to-1, and BBC iPlayer on tablets outpacing PCs by more than 20-to-1.

Which begs the question: Given the furore over the ratings last series, how will replayed mobile device access factor in either an increase or a decrease in the perceived (how many people still watch the show as it airs?) traditional audience figures for Doctor Who?

Its an argument that’s not going away any time soon…

(via BBC Internet Blog)


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