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November 08, 2010

The BBC on Your BlackBerry

By Tracey E. Schelmetic, TMCnet Contributor

Good news for BlackBerry (News - Alert)-toting BBC addicts (in the U.K. anyway). The British Broadcasting Corporation has now launched an official app for BlackBerry users to view BBC programming while on the go. (So...if you're a BlackBerry user and a simultaneous 'Torchwood' fanatic, for example, just think: no risk of missing season four when it arrives on the airwaves). Though the BBC had made its iPlayer website accessible to BlackBerry users for some time, this is the first time U.K. BlackBerry users have had access to an official app to receive BBC radio and television broadcasts on their devices.

The BBC has offered official apps for both Nokia’s Symbian (News - Alert) platform and an Apple iOS-optimized Web site since 2008. Earlier this year, the BBC also introduced a BlackBerry shortcut app for its mobile website. The iPlayer website is also unofficially supported on Android (News - Alert) 2.2 using Flash 10.1.

The BBC iPlayer app for BlackBerry is now available on BlackBerry App World. It's free and compatible with on BlackBerry Storm 2, BlackBerry Bold 9700 and BlackBerry Torch 9800 devices. (Though some users have reported that the app is not working on the 9700 with OS 6.) The app works over both 3G and WiFi (News - Alert) (users report optimal effects from the latter mode), however 3G speeds are only available to customers with either three or Vodafone service.

Users will be able to catch up with any BBC broadcast for the previous week in addition to watching live broadcasts.

Tracey Schelmetic is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Tracey's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard

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