The BBC has today launched a free iPlayer app for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. And the good news for commuters is that it runs like a dream over 3G due to some technical tinkering. In the BBC's own words:
"We have worked closely with the network operators to introduce 3G streaming and create a great mobile experience so you can watch your favourite TV programme wherever you are or listen to the radio when you are out and about.
"We have also done a lot of work to improve the playback experience on portable devices and have rolled out HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) video infrastructure for the apps, which uses adaptive bitrate technologies.This enables us to detect the strength of your Wi-Fi or 3G connection and serve the appropriate video quality."
So now you know.
The streaming of BBC channels (television and radio) appears to run with a lag of about 30 to 40 seconds behind the true live broadcast, though the quality makes such a delay a price worth paying. There is also a full choice of catch-up options, including flagship content such as Frozen Planet:
According to the BBC, its iPlayer app which has been available for the iPad since February this year has already been installed on 1.5 million devices. It has also been installed on 1.2 million Android phones in the same time.