BBC iPlayer App Comes To iPad & Android

BBC will launch its iPlayer app for the iPad and Android platform on the 10th of February, this coming Thursday and will allow users to watch live broadcasting as well as catch up on content from the last week.

Strangely enough, the application will not be available for the iPhone and iPod Touch devices and will only work with a Wi-Fi connection to prevent any nasty billing surprise and deliver a smoother user experience.

Daniel Danker, BBC's General Manager of Future Media and Technology, wrote on the corporation's blog that "Having stuck our toe in the water last year with the iPad, this new native app is a significant improvement on the existing experience and it's great to be on the Android platform too. Our intention is to be on as many devices and platforms as possible."

He pointed out that the mobile usage of the iPlayer is growing twice as fast as its PC counterpart with growth of the BBC iPlayer on tablets outpacing PCs in general by 20 to 1.

iPad owners have been able since the beginning to watch BBC iPlayer on the tablet through the browser but the app aims to make it simpler and faster.

The app will be available for free for viewers in the UK but will only be compatible with Android Froyo because of the need for Adobe Flash 10.1.