In a recent blog post about mobile and the iPlayer service, BBC has announced that a Windows Phone App will soon be available in the market. So very soon, consumers based in United Kingdom will be able to enjoy content on the catch-up service. The best part of this is that Windows based smartphones will have a huge advantage since a top media provider has decided to support the platform.
BBC did announce that a Windows Phone app is well on the way. But how long do we have to wait for it to hit the market? According to the information provided in the blog post, the app will be released in the next few months. But there is one restriction as of now. The Windows Phone access will be restricted to the mobile website and will come loaded with a media player and some Windows Phone integration with Live Tile support.
BBC also revealed that the corporation and Windows makers Microsoft have both signed a deal and are working together to bring the iPlayer to Windows Phone. Cyrus Saihan, head of Business Development, BBC Future Media said
mobile is an important platform for the development teams to target.
This new app will primarily be made available for consumers based in the United Kingdom and the companies might have plans to extend the service to a wider piece of land later on. An added advantage of this app is that it will work on both Windows Phone 7.x and 8 so that all owners can access content from the BBC. Microsoft has always been very careful about supporting all devices that might be present in the market. There has been a lot of momentum being built up by Windows Phone in the UK and Microsoft will take every step necessary to make sure that the momentum continues.
We expect that BBC and Microsoft will finish what they have started within the time frame they have reserved for this app. Consumers will definitely be looking forward to giving it a try.