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Daily news roundup for January 7, 2014

Good morning! Welcome to the morning news roundup for January 7, 2014. Pebble introduces the Steel watch. Can't wait for the rumored iWatch? Pebble has got you covered with their new watch that won't look anything like Apple's. Broadcom SDK eases Apple AirPlay implementation. Chipmaker Broadco...

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BBC iPlayer Radio gets Playlister support

The BBC has released an updated version of its BBC iPlayer Radio app that adds Playlister support. BBC's Playlister is a new service that allows users to add any song they hear across the BBC's properties to a Playlister playlist. The playlists can then be exported to other music services like Spo...

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BBC iPlayer Radio adds podcasts downloads

The BBC has added a long-requested feature to its iPlayer Radio app: podcast downloads. Version 1.2 allows users to download a podcast over WiFi and listen to it any time they want, even without an internet connection. The podcast download feature follows in the footsteps of a feature in the main BB...

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BBC Three to premiere new shows on iPlayer

In a sign of the times, BBC Three announced this week that the second series of Jack Whitehall's Bad Education will air on its mobile iPlayer about a week before it airs on TV. Other scripted comedy programs from BBC Three will also follow the same format. BBC reported yesterday: Kicking off with...

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For first time ever BBC iPlayer watched on more tablets than smartphones

The BBC has released its March 2013 BBC iPlayer Performance Pack, which breaks down the viewing habits of those using the company's iPlayer video streaming service. For the first time ever, BBC iPlayer views on a tablet, like the iPad, outpaced views on smartphones, like the iPhone. Though tabl...

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BBC iPlayer to stream shows ahead of broadcast

The BBC is looking at debuting some of its programming over iPlayer before it airs on television. The projected yearlong trial will test a variety of programs, Radio Times reports, but the BBC hasn't specified whether that will include established series or new ones. The BBC says there were mor...

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BBC iPlayer Radio app updated, hits 1 million downloads in only two months

This morning the BBC announced that its BBC iPlayer Radio app has passed 1 million downloads in just under two months. The milestone is welcome for the BBC as it tries to keep revenue within the corporation instead of seeing users jump to other media streaming apps like Pandora and Spotify. I...

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BBC launches BBC iPlayer Radio app for iOS

Today the BBC launched its BBC iPlayer Radio for iOS. The app builds on the popularity of BBC's iPlayer video app for iPhone and iPad. With BBC iPlayer Radio, users can listen to any BBC radio station on their iOS device over a WiFi or 3G connection. Like the regular BBC iPlayer app, the BBC iP...

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BBC iPlayer offline playback: More details unveiled

As we noted yesterday, the BBC's homegrown iOS media player, iPlayer, now allows offline viewing for downloaded content through its app. It is still unavailable in the US, but a year-long international rollout is currently being tested. Some additional details are now available about how the app ...

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BBC now allowing iPlayer downloads to tablets, phones

The Guardian reports that the BBC is now allowing free mobile iPlayer downloads, which means the latest episodes of series such as Doctor Who and Top Gear can be downloaded to tablets and mobile phones. Unlike other streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, BBC iPlayer users will be able to dow...

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BBC iPlayer for iOS gets Retina display support for iPad

The BBC has just finished what was probably the best coverage of the Olympic games in the world, but the corporation is not slowing down. Today the BBC released an update to its wildly popular BBC iPlayer app for iOS. The major feature improvement in this update is support for the new iPad's ...

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BBC's iPlayer racks up 500k users, BBC shows how they made the app

The BBC's wildly popular iPlayer app was updated last week to include support for the iPhone and iPod touch plus the ability to stream TV over 3G. As a result of all the new features, iPlayer for iOS has been downloaded over 1.1 million times in just the last week alone. What's more interesting...

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Global BBC iPlayer app will launch for iPhone, iPod touch on Thursday

Sadly, there's still no release date in sight for the global BBC iPlayer in the U.S., but those lucky countries that do have it will have it be expanded to the iPhone and iPod touch on Thursday. The iPad app launched in 11 countries initially, and the number has expanded to 16 with our Canadi...

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BBC brings iPlayer app to Canada

The BBC still hasn't released its popular iPlayer app for the iPhone and iPad in the U.S. yet, but it has appeared on the Canadian App Store. Through a monthly (or yearly) subscription, the app offers content on demand from the BBC, including old school shows like Fawlty Towers and Blackadder a...

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BBC releases iPlayer app in 11 European countries

The BBC has extended beyond the shores of the UK and is now offering its iPlayer subscription service in 11 other countries across Europe. The service will cost €6.99 (US$10) a month or €49.99 ($71) annually and will initially debut in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembo...

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