The BBC iPlayer app for iPad has been a big success, downloaded 1.5 million times, and now they have finally released the app with iPhone and iPod Touch support as well, guaranteed to find its way onto millions more iOS devices over the coming days.
Whilst iPhone and iPod Touch owners have had to settle with a decent BBC iPlayer web app for a while, the native iOS app has now arrived, offering some great new features as well as 3G streaming across mobile networks. With this new iPhone app you can have all of their national television channels and radio stations right there in your hand, and you can watch live. They have even added a nifty feature where you can easily flick between channels, making the service more similar to watching normal tv. Fancy listening to live BBC radio while doing other tasks on your iPhone? Now you can as they have added background audio.
The new BBC iPlayer App for iPhone and iPod Touch is also Apple AirPlay compatible, so for those with AirPlay speakers or an Apple TV you can stream audio and video from the app over AirPlay.
They are also reporting to have worked closely with the mobile network operators to bring live streaming over 3G mobile connection, using a new HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) video infrastructure for the apps, using adaptive bitrate technology. The app detects the quality of your connection and serves different quality stream based on your connection speed.
Now all we need is a more widespread and stabile 3G connection up here in the cold north.
You can download the BBC iPlayer iPhone app from the iTunes App Store here.