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Windows Phones to get BBC iPlayer

The BBC's iPlayer platform will soon be available on Windows Phone devices in the UK, but it looks like those in the US will be left out of the party.

The BBC said it has inked a deal with Microsoft to bring iPlayer, which lets users stream the British network's content over the Internet, to Windows Phone devices "in the near future." The player will be available as a browser-based shortcut with its own Live Tile rather than a standalone app, the company said.

"We will be releasing a shortcut to BBC iPlayer in the near future which will be available in the Windows Phone Store, enabling the BBC iPlayer website to work on Windows Phone 7.5 and 8 via a Live Tile," Cyrus Saihan, head of business development for BBC Future Media, wrote in a Tuesday blog post. "This shortcut will wrap the BBC iPlayer mobile website together with our media player."

It doesn't look like the new iPlayer service will reach Windows Phone devices for those exiled across the pond anytime soon, however. A BBC spokesman said the new iPlayer for Windows Phone offering is for paying subscribers in the UK, and the company has no plans to make it available in the states.

BBC iPlayer is already available on Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and through desktop browsers. The BBC said its latest figures show that more than 650 devices can now access the player.

Meanwhile, the BBC back in October launched a new radio service for mobile and desktop users as part of an effort to revamp access to its online audio content. BBC iPlayer Radio is available now for iOS users, with a version for Android coming soon.