A couple of months ago, Cyrus Saihan announced that BBC iPlayer would be coming to Windows Phones . I’m now pleased to announce that that day has arrived and for the first time BBC iPlayer is available on Windows Phone 8 devices.

The application - consisting of a shortcut to the mobile optimized website, live tile and media player - can be downloaded for free from the Window Phone Store.

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The application will enable you to catch up on your favourite BBC shows on the go. We know this is something that is becoming more and more popular as in March this year 30% of overall requests came from mobiles or tablets, with 81 million requests in total.

Following our previous blog post some of you will be wondering what about Windows Phone 7.5? Over the last few months we have been working with Microsoft to launch iPlayer on both Windows Phone 8 and 7.5.

Unfortunately, platform limitations with Windows Phone 7.5 have meant we've been unable to provide the same quality playback experience as on Windows Phone 8. This led to the joint decision not to make BBC iPlayer available on Windows Phone 7.5.

Although this is disappointing, Windows Phone 8 currently make up the majority of all Windows Phones on the market and this number is expected to grow. I therefore hope more of you will get to enjoy BBC programmes on the go with iPlayer with Windows Phone 8 devices.

Dave Price is Head of BBC iPlayer, Programmes and On Demand, BBC Future Media.

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  • Comment number 36. Posted by Paul Logic

    on 4 Jun 2013 16:44

    Hi Dave

    I run a software development firm. We not doing any WP development but cannot see why its not possible for us to project manage getting iplayer working on wp7 and using consultants. I thinking of crowdsourcing/funding approach with contributions from wp7 users. Just a small donation per person interested in helping. If BBC will not do it can us wp7 community make it happen this way or are there some technical or legal restrictions?

    Paul www.logicreplace.com

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  • Comment number 35. Posted by Branlew

    on 1 Jun 2013 22:51

    In line with other comments; why not Windows 7.8?

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  • Comment number 34. Posted by Paul Logic

    on 30 May 2013 07:42

    As a WP7 user - explain the real reason why its not available - I can watch Sky news live no problem - whats up BBC why can you not get this going on WP7 - your reasons are not adding up to much?

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  • Comment number 33. Posted by Peter Jay

    on 29 May 2013 21:34

    Just got the Lumia 620 and fisrt thing I did was download BBC I player. Not sure what the distinction is as to whether this is an App or only a link. In any case it worked - once. and then "encountered error whilst tring to lauch..try again later." all day long today. Same if at home on the Wifi or out and about on network.

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  • Comment number 32. Posted by David

    on 28 May 2013 20:52

    If you using 7.8 get the app "Listen Again"

    This free app lets you listen to BBC iPlayer radio from the last seven days. It does not show video.

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  • Comment number 31. Posted by Henry

    on 27 May 2013 11:15

    Good to see this come to WP8, Now the next step is to create a full application for Windows 8/RT

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  • Comment number 30. Posted by Jezz

    on 26 May 2013 06:24

    What about the just radio on iPlayer for 7.8 users? I live outside the uk so can't watch iPlayer tv anyway (I have BBC through local provider luckily enough) but the radio option would be brilliant. Surely the BBC would want to back up Mr Parsons when he says hello to listeners not only in the UK but around the world... Come on, someone through us early adopters a lifeline.

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  • Comment number 29. Posted by Riz

    on 21 May 2013 16:14

    Microsoft has selfishly denied 7.8 users access to most new apps they have recently released, i.e. Facebook beta, Pandora, updated Skype, Viber and so on. Not because limitations on 7.8 but to coerce us to update to wp8. BBC being a reputed public organization shouldn't have submitted to MS's business interests. David Price knows that its not the OS limitations and shouldn't mislead the public further more.

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  • Comment number 28. Posted by Ian

    on 21 May 2013 11:00

    Is there a "Listen Live" option (for radio)? Can listen to previous shows, but couldn't see an option to listen to what is currently on.

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by David

    on 19 May 2013 22:06

    it is pretty disgraceful that this app has not been released on windows phone 7.5/ 7.8. The excuse given is pathetic but Dave Price adds insult to injury by having the gall to repeat it in his reply above while ignoring the repeated posts asking for the technical reasons.
    It is unbelievable that it is possible to run iplayer on older android phones and not windows 7.8. As I understand it the main difference between windows 7.8 and 8 is that 8 runs a multicore chip but not all the older android phones are double core so what is the real reason - cost?
    Why can't Dave Price give us some straight answers? After all he did promise iplayer to windows 7.5 users just a couple of months ago or was that just a liberal democrat type promise?

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