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BBC iPlayer Launched on Nokia N96

Gordon Kelly


BBC iPlayer Launched on Nokia N96

The ever evolving BBC iPlayer has taken another step forward today as it has finally broken its sole mobile phone allegiance with the Apple iPhone...

Joining it will be new found compatibility for the newly launched Nokia N96 (way to make that monstrous RRP feel better). The purpose built service will officially arrive on 1 October and will be available to UK users over both 3G and WiFi connections. Keeping its end up too, Nokia has confirmed it will not look to charge customers to use it.

"Over the past eight months we have worked tirelessly to ensure BBC iPlayer is available on as many platforms as possible, from the PC and TV to games consoles and mobiles," said Erik Huggers, BBC Director of Future Media and Technology, in a statement. "This partnership is critical to ensuring we continue to reach out to audiences wherever they are and allow them to catch-up on their favourite BBC programmes."

Nokia UK MD Simon Ainslie, was also naturally buoyant adding: "The Nokia N96 is going to provide a gateway to quality viewing on the move. The enormous success of iPlayer has demonstrated the desire audiences have for accessing programmes at a time and a place that suits them."

Of course the bigger question is: now the N96 has iPlayer, how soon before the rest of the similarly equipped and OS-based N series follows suit... surely it can't be long now.


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September 8, 2008, 5:17 pm

Why still no Viewty support? The phone is made for iPlayer!

Omar 1

September 8, 2008, 6:17 pm

Did everyone @ TR miss that Sony put free iPlayer downloads on the new walkmans last week?


September 8, 2008, 6:35 pm

According to the BBC website the iPlayer for mobiles will be available for a number of different devices from 1st Oct. I'm sure if it is out on the N96 it will be compatible with the N95. I don't know about the Viewty though as it isn't Symbian based or Win Mobile

Hans Gruber

September 8, 2008, 8:51 pm

Could only find this link corroborating iplayer support for the N96 myself: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/tec...

inzimam, if you can link the article stating there will be support for other devices besides the N96, I'm sure we'll all be grateful.

Graham 4

September 8, 2008, 9:58 pm

Azro - This blog (http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbc... does give some more info, though I can't find the link Inzimam got his info from.

Hans Gruber

September 9, 2008, 12:09 am

Thanks Gordon. It made for interesting reading, especially all the stuff about changes to their codecs.

Since the N96 is basically an updated version of the N95 running on the same Symbian OS version (S60v3), you'd think there'd be a good chance it'd run too. Though Nokia's plan may be to encourage people to upgrade to the N96 I suppose so it's up to them whether it gets supported or not?

Going by the blog though, it looks like it's the Beeb that chooses the platform and that they're very keen on rolling it out as widely as possible (in the UK at least). Nothing concrete yet though, but it sure would be fun to watch something on your way home. Cheers. :)

Hamish Campbell

September 9, 2008, 12:40 pm

I think, due to the intense sensitivity of the issue, we should refrain from reporting and discussing the BBC iPlayer.

Its just not fair on those of use who aren't in the UK.

...ohhh....and I promised myself I wouldn't cry.....


September 9, 2008, 9:34 pm

Has anyone heard of the iPlayer being put onto a Freeplay HDD? That would be a very tasty combination.

Hans Gruber

September 10, 2008, 3:01 am

Oops, I mean Graham. Thanks for the link. Most interesting.

I think the reason the N96 gets the Iplayer is due to compatibility with DRM files along with hardware acceleration of WMV9 or whatnot. The difference offered by Symbian 60 OS v3 feature packs more than anything perhaps?

I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for Iplayer support for older handsets, the N95 especially. Damn. I was looking forward to it too. Guess it's back to ripping video. :{

Video Codecs and Formats supported by N96 from http://www.nokia.co.uk/A483565...

* MPEG-4 Part 2 (H.263/SP), up to VGA 30 fps, hardware-accelerated codec, scaled to max QVGA on device screen, or max SDTV on TV-out

* MPEG-4 Part 10 (H.264/AVC), up to VGA 30 fps, hardware-accelerated codec, scaled to max QVGA on device screen, or SDTV on TV-out

* Windows Media Video (WMV9), up to CIF/QVGA 30 fps, hardware-accelerated codec, scaled to max QVGA on device screen, or SDTV on TV-out

* RealVideo QCIF at 30 fps

* Flash video support in browser

* DRM support: OMA DRM 1, OMA DRM 2, WM DRM

The N95's page doesn't really give a great deal of info so it certainly seems it won't support the Iplayer at all. http://www.nokia.co.uk/A434401...


September 15, 2008, 3:23 pm

Shame if its note supported on the N95, iPlayer on the go sounds great!

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