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iPlayer is no-go for Mango – Windows Phone gets no Beeb on-demand

Popular on-demand service, iPlayer, is incompatible with the next wave of Windows Phones, claims the Beeb.

They suggest that the lack of current HLS or HTTP Live Streaming, which supports the BBC playback and program search, will be the cause for telly addicts on-the-move missing out on their programming on gadgets such as the HTC Titan and Radar, and future ‘Mango’-running devices from Samsung and Nokia.


The Beeb spoke to a tech website about the omission of the iPlayer, which had a lengthy transition onto Android gadgets, adding that the missing HTML 5 features and Adobe Flash on the upcoming Windows for mobiles, means that the “formats we use for streaming videos, we can’t make BBC iPlayer available on this phone at the moment.”

iPlayer has been experiencing fantastic growth in recent months, with the BBC looking to get a widespread and reliable service across multiple platforms here in Blighty, and also make an assault on overseas markets. Will being excluded from the launch of Microsoft’s most anticipated mobile software upgrade prove to be a thorn in the side for the Beeb?

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