updated 01:20 pm EST, Mon November 30, 2009
Evidence shows in monthly report
The BBC is indeed preparing a native iPhone iPlayer client, press material from the broadcaster suggests. The network recently released a presentation of October iPlayer figures, within which can be found a mockup of an iPhone app. Beyond simplifying and accelerating iPlayer for Apple handhelds, the app would appear to support downloads, as well as sending messages to show hosts. Users would likely continue to need a TV license.
iPlayer lets users watch or listen to BBC content for as long as seven days past original airdates. At present, iPhone and iPod owners can only access the service via the web. The BBC has allegedly been worried about developing for the App Store, out of fear it could exposed to unlimited liability for what it produces. The network does however have some apps, such as ones for Lonely Planet and the Radio Times.