Lumiapps: BBC iPlayer available for Nokia Lumia Windows Phone (8) video demo on Nokia Lumia 920

| May 15, 2013 | 5 Replies

mnb(10)These are one of the apps that you just never thought would make an appearance on Windows Phone due to us waiting for it for so long, but now it’s finally here. 😀 No not the blahblahgram (we’ve got alternatives now anyway), but BBC iPlayer.

This first version allows you to watch and listen to TV and Radio that has been previously available on the BBC for watching later. There’s no support it seems yet for liveTV though you could watch live TV (not just from the BBC) with the TVCatchup app. Something I would have perhaps liked is the option to download to watch it later. Useful on the go when you might not have a solid connection. Speaking of connection, yes you can still use BBC iPlayer over your data connection.

TV works quite well, just tap on what you want and it will play (in landscape).You can find videos either from the featured list, most popular, by channel, categories and by date. Videos will resume from where you last left off if you leave the app or just click back on it. The live tile will also show what was last watched/listened to.

Radio plays in landscape initially but you don’t have to keep that window there. Radio can be played in the background and you can pause/resume from anywhere using the volume keys (which is universal for Windows Phone music controls).


  • Good quality stream
  • TV and Radio, arranged in various formats
  • Works over 3G/Network data
  • Fast interaction (when the connection sees fit)
  • Free
  • Live Tile indication for last watched


  • Seems buggy in places (maybe connection error)
  • Missing features (See below)

For the next iteration I would like

  • Download option
  • Metro UI perhaps to swipe between radio/tv/whatever instead of scrolling down?
  • Landscape UI

Download over here:


qrcode.13639152Via: NokNok



Category: Applications, Lumia, Lumiappaday, Nokia

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