BBC and Nokia collaborate to offer BBC iPlayer on new Nokia N96

The BBC and Nokia have announced a partnership that will see BBC iPlayer supported on the Nokia N96, released in the UK on October 1st.

This latest mobile phone is based on S60 and Symbian OS v9.3, the latest shipped version of Symbian OS. Symbian OS v9.3 is optimized for convergence with performance and feature enhancements which bring the highest level of power efficiency and platform security to a mobile phone.

Nokia N96 users will be the first with the ability to both to download and stream programmes from the hugely popular BBC iPlayer service. A purpose built application that will be both 3G and wireless compatible will be available to download via bbc.co.uk/mobile and will be pre-loaded on some handsets. This will give users the freedom to access BBC programmes anytime, anyplace.

With easy browsing and programme search, BBC iPlayer allows UK audiences to catch up on their favourite BBC TV and Radio programming from the past seven days, at no extra cost to them.

This includes shows such as EastEnders, Dragon’s Den, Spooks – Code 9, as well as documentaries such as Who Do You Think You Are, and radio programmes such as Radio One’s The Chris Moyles Show and Radio Four’s The Archers.

Simon Ainslie, managing director at Nokia, said: “The Nokia N96 is going to provide a gateway to quality viewing on the move and will raise the bar for mobile screen and audio entertainment. The enormous success of iPlayer has demonstrated the desire audiences have for accessing programmes at a time and a place that suits them. Nokia is proud to be working with the BBC to continue to lead this revolution.”

Erik Huggers, BBC director of future media and technology, added: “Over the past eight months we have worked tirelessly to ensure BBC iPlayer is available on as many platforms as possible, from the PC and TV to games consoles and mobiles. This partnership is critical to ensuring we continue to reach out to audiences wherever they are and allow them to catch-up on their favourite BBC programmes.”

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