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Why is the range of compatible mobile phones so pitifully small?

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  • Message 1. Posted by Clive W (U14861338) on Friday, 6th May 2011 permalink

    When I upgraded to a Nokia X6 last year, I was disappointed to find that I couldn't install the iPlayer widget on it, especially as it's older and almost identical sibling, the 5800, is compatible. When you consider the hundreds, if not thousands, of smartphones available, the tiny handful, across all manufacturers, listed on the iPlayer website is a pretty poor showing and I would very much like to see the BBC put a bit more effort into widening the availability of the iPlayer service on mobile devices (especially the Nokia X6!)

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  • Message 2. Posted by Eponymous Cowherd (U13748135) on Friday, 6th May 2011 permalink

    Its because the BBC insist on developing all iPlayer clients themselves, rather than doing the sensible thing and publishing an open standard and allowing 3rd party developers to write the actual apps.

    AFAIK, this state of affairs is due to the paranoia that the content providers (programme makers) have over the potential "piracy" threat. They will not permit the BBC to publish their programmes via iPlayer unless the BBC adopt this crippled model.

    The fact that everything on iPlayer has already been broadcast unencrypted via Freeview and Freesat (and often in HD) seems to elude them.

    Classic case of trying to shut the stable door after the horse has bolted.

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