The seemingly relentless development of the BBC’s iPlayer service continues with the announcement that the online catchup service will be available for Nokia’s N96 multimedia phone when it launches next month.
Users will be able to download and stream programmes — a first for a mobile phone service and something that Mac and Linux users can’t even do yet. That’s thanks to a purpose-built application for the Symbian-powered phone. Any jealous iPhone users out there?
Erik Huggers, the BBC’s Director of Future Media and Technology, proclaimed the work of the Corporation in getting iPlayer on as many platforms as possible, while Simon Ainslie, Nokia’s MD, said that having iPlayer on the N96 would “raise the bar for mobile screen and audio entertainment.”
There’s no word on whether the iPlayer will be available for other Nokia models. The N95 might be a suitable candidate though it lacks the Windows Media 9 codec that’s most likely required. The newer N85 may also be suitable.