The BBC iPlayer app will soon be available to Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5 users.
The app will act as shortcut application available through the Windows Phone Store, making iPlayer available as a Live Tile, wrapping both the iPlayer website and dedicated Media Player software needed to run it together.
Windows Phone users will still be missing out on features available to Apple’s iOS devices however. Not only have iOS users had a dedicated iPlayer app since 2011, they now also have the option of saving shows for offline playback – something that will be missing from the Windows Phone versions upon release.
“We will be releasing a shortcut to BBC iPlayer in the near future which will be available in the Windows Phone Store, enabling the BBC iPlayer website to work on Windows Phone 7.5 and 8 via a live tile,” said Cyrus Saihan, head of Business Development, BBC Future Media.
“Working with the industry in ways like this helps our digital services reach more of the UK’s online population and gives our audiences ever increasing ways to access BBC services.”
The move will bring the number of devices that the BBC iPlayer app is available to to well over 650.