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BBC debuts World News Live app for iPhone, Touch

updated 12:00 pm EDT, Fri June 5, 2009

BBC World News Live app

The BBC and Livestation have introduced a new app for the iPhone and iPod touch, BBC World News Live. Users are able to stream the BBC's 24-hour TV news feed, using either a 3G or a Wi-Fi connection. Low- and high-quality versions of the feed can be selected, though only the former is available over 3G.

Also provided in the app is access to the BBC's mobile website, which lists text stories under topical and regional categories. The software can currently only be downloaded in a little over a dozen countries, however; these include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. World News Live is an 8 download from the App Store.

by MacNN Staff




  1. danangdoc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What about us?

    Many of us in the USA would like to have access to this as well. What's the limitation? I'd love to get some unbiased news now and then. Don't make me have to move to Switzerland!

  1. Geobunny

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: what about us?

    You think the beeb is unbiased?! LOL!

    BTW, don't think America being missed out is anything personal - we don't get access to BBC World News here in the UK either!

    It's crazy but it's something to do with the fact that it's part of BBC World which is the beeb's commercial arm and therefore has ads. We pay a licence fee and because of that, they're specifically not allowed to show us advertising. Hence, we don't get it. Rubbish, eh? At least there's hope for you!

  1. chotty

    Joined: Dec 1969


    LOL Indeed

    I guess we in the USA will have to muddle through without it, somehow. *The only "Unbiased" media outlet is C-SPAN, btw... ;-)
    I hope the U.S. soon gets the "free" TV that other countries stations broadcast over the air, specifically for mobile devices. That would be great. Especially since my old LCD Sony watchman will be useless very shortly!

  1. kylef

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A UK app edition?

    Perhaps the lack of a UK BBC News application would suggest that the BBC is working on its own UK version of the app. We can already stream BBC news live from the web, so I guess it'd be possible.

    The BBC news mobile site is on my first page for the iPhone .. use it every day!

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I would...

    I would settle for a free news feed, no need to stream video.- A

  1. Woode

    Joined: Dec 1969


    One day the Beeb

    will realize that us folks in the US could use a little news from a different perspective than what we get here. Biased or not, those of us looking for more news are smart enough to put in a little effort to filter through things.

  1. thebiggfrogg

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The BBC may not be unbiased (really, who is, that is a useful fiction for news organizations), but at least there is some "there there" as Lily Tomlin put it. U.S. news is abysmal and due to prodigious budget cutting we are more likely to get the latest on Britney Spears shenanigans or 10 Ways to Shave Your Credit Card bill or the latest boffo box office release (reflecting the "synergy" between the news outlet and its film distribution company) than we are to hear what is actually happening in the world. Perhaps the BBC isn't perfect, but at least they know where Botswana is.

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