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BBC iPlayer For BlackBerry App Launched

The BBC has launched a free iPlayer app for Research in Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry devices.

The app is set to allow users to watch any BBC TV programme or listen to any radio show available on the platform.

Previously, BlackBerry users had to visit the iPlayer website to view or listen to BBC content.

The iPlayer app is available as a free download for UK users from the BlackBerry App World store and is compatible with the Storm, Storm 2, Bold 9700 and Torch 9800 smartphones running on BlackBerry 5.0 OS or higher.

RIM recommends using Wi-Fi for an "optimal viewing experience", but says that the app will also work over a 3G connection.

The BBC already offers an official iPlayer app for Nokia’s Symbian-powered devices and has optimised its mobile website to be compatible with Apple’s iOS-based products since 2008. There is also an unofficial application designed for use on handsets running on Google’s Android 2.2 operating system.