The BBC iPlayer mobile app will soon stop working on many devices
BBC iPlayer viewers may need to upgrade their mobile phone soon after the corporation announced it would be closing some versions of the app.
The BBC has today confirmed that it will be pulling the iPlayer app for users with Windows Phone devices within the next few weeks.
So if you have a mobile phone powered by Microsoft’s software, you may need to plan an update soon.
The BBC iPlayer is one of the corporation's most popular products
In a statement on its website, the BBC revealed that iPlayer will stop working on Windows Phone devices from April.
The BBC says that iPlayer will still work on devices running Windows 10 Mobile, where you can get on the service using Microsoft’s Edge browser.
This function appears to be the main reason behind the closure, as iPlayer was not able to play back programming using a mobile browser when it originally launched.
However, now it is possible to do so thanks to advances in mobile functionality, the BBC says that it is, “no longer cost effective” to keep running the Windows Phone app.
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If you have a Windows Phone device but want to keep viewing iPlayer content, you’ll need to upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile.
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Microsoft says that many older devices are able to make this switch, and has released a special Windows 10 Mobile Upgrade Advisor app which can check whether your device can be upgraded
If you do upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile, you’ll be able to play content from BBC iPlayer and BBC iPlayer Radio. If you remain on Windows Phone 8.1, you’ll only be able to play radio programmes.
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The BBC iPlayer service has enjoyed a number of new upgrades recently as the corporation invests heavily in its on-demand service.
Mobile users recently gained the ability to restart their current program to the beginning with just a tap, much like the desktop and TV version of the app.
The 'live restart' feature will be coming to the iOS and Android iPlayer apps 'shortly’.
The BBC also revealed that it will be bringing the 'visual seeking' tool to mobile and TV apps soon.
Visual seeking lets users identify where exactly they may have left off watching a program they already started by showing a thumbnail of the content at any given time, simply by hovering over the time bar.
Since last September, BBC iPlayer also features high-definition 720p video content as default, meaning more detail on your favourite shows.
And if your broadband isn’t up to HD streaming, smartphone and tablet users can also download programmes in higher quality to watch offline later.
The platform is also set to get its first super-high definition 4K video content soon.
The BBC is already filming shows in 4K and this latest news appears to show they will use the iPlayer service to beam it into homes.
Microsoft has struggled to get its Windows 10 Mobile platform up and running
Microsoft has endured a torrid time with Windows 10 Mobile, which has struggled to keep pace with the likes of Android and iOS.
The company does not reveal how many Windows 10 Mobile devices it ships each year, but its latest earnings call stated that a revenue group entitled "More Personal Computing" dropped some five per cent year over year due to “lower phone revenue”.
However Microsoft will be hoping to turn around its dwindling market share with the long-rumoured Surface Phone.
The Intel-powered smartphone is expected to ship alongside the next blockbuster update to Windows 10 Mobile, dubbed Redstone 3.
Surface Phone is believed to be a flagship smartphone with an industrial design similar to the Surface Book and Pro 4 tablet, along flagship-level materials and a premium price tag to match.