updated 09:10 am EST, Wed February 20, 2008
iPlayer for iPhone/Touch
iPlayer software will eventually be available in a form for iPhones and iPod touches, the BBC has announced. Having just released TV shows to the UK iTunes Store, and confirmed the arrival of a Mac iPlayer client sometime this year, the network now says that it is developing a version for Apple's most advanced mobile devices. The software should in fact be available "within the next few weeks," according to the Guardian, meaning that it may beat the Mac-specific client to market.
How exactly the iPhone/Touch software would function has not been made known. Owners of the devices cannot officially install native applications on the current firmware, but Apple has planned the release of an SDK by the end of the month, which could make iPlayer the first video-streaming client on the platform outside of YouTube. The BBC could also however be working on a separate web client, or a utility which simply converts iPlayer videos into a portable format.