BBC iPlayer heads for iPhone

Looks like the Beeb and Apple are building a cosy relationship. Just hours after Auntie announced that its shows will be available on iTunes, it revea

Looks like the Beeb and Apple are building a cosy relationship. Just hours after Auntie announced that its shows will be available on iTunes, it revealed that a version of its snazzy iPlayer will be launched for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

The catch-up service will be available on both touchscreen gizmos in the 'next few weeks', leaving you free to watch The Mighty Boosh on the way to work (but not, sadly, Neighbours, which has just eloped to Channel 5).

You'll mostly only be able to watch your programme of choice before you leave the house, as the service will only work via Wi-Fi. We didn't particularly fancy streaming episodes over O2's sluggish EDGE speeds, but the Beeb has a deal with The Cloud that'll let you watch iPlayer for free in its hotspots.

The iPlayer service had a whopping 2.2m users during January and Anthony Rose, BBC's head of digital media technology, said that the service could be extended to other mobiles, although it's squashed rumours that it will be dropping flash completely. So you can either rush out and take a bite of the Apple, or stick with your Nokia and keep your fingers and toes crossed.

Essentials

Price: Free

On sale: mid-March

Contact: BBC