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iPlayer Now Supports WMA, Brings BBC Content to PMPs and Smartphones

Users of popular portable media players like the Archos Series or Smartphones like the Nokia N96 rejoice. The BBC has updated its iPlayer platform aand now allows content to be downloaded to the players via a USB port (or by using a removable storage device).

Amongst the other devices supported are the Sony Walkman E and S series, Archos 605 WIFI and Internet Media Tablet, Philips GoGear 52xx series and Samsung YP-P2 and YP-Q1.

The list is not exhaustive though and the Corporation encourages other PMP users to test whether their Microsoft WMA players support iPlayer content or not.

Viewers, who incidentally may not have to pay for the TV License, will have access to more than 250 TV programmes and radio shows.

Writing on the BBC Internet Blog (opens in new tab), the Beeb's inhouse web expert, Anthony Rose also added that sideloading is not coming to the iPod or the iPhone anytime soon, much to the chagrin of their users.

The crux of the problem lies with Apple which keeps a very tight control on its Digital Rights Management technology.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.