Nokia N96 gets BBC iPlayer shows

The BBC and Nokia have announced that iPlayer support will be available for the handset maker’s much-anticipated N96 smartphone.

iPlayer is already available through devices including the iPhone, Wii, PS3 and via Virgin Media, now Nokia has collaborated with the BBC to build an application which will let N96 users both download and stream iPlayer content over both 3G and Wi-Fi.

Enabling over the air show downloads is likely to be a plus for potential N96 purchasers – that and the up to 24GB capacity of the device. Even the iPhone can’t access BBC shows over 3G…

The software will be pre-loaded on some shipping N96 handsets, though this is likely to be operator dependent – if you buy one without the software it will be made available for download from the BBC, we understand.

Simon Ainslie, managing director at Nokia, said: “The Nokia N96 is going to provide a gateway to quality viewing on the move and will raise the bar for mobile screen and audio entertainment.”

The BBC’s Director of Future Media and Technology, Erik Huggers said (in a release): “Over the past eight months we have worked tirelessly to ensure BBC iPlayer is available on as many platforms as possible, from the PC and TV to games consoles and mobiles. This partnership is critical to ensuring we continue to reach out to audiences wherever they are and allow them to catch-up on their favourite BBC programmes.”

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