BBC to bring iPlayer service to Windows Phone

BBC's instant streaming service iPlayer will soon become available on Microsoft's Windows Phone platform also, a spokesperson for the broadcaster said.

Cyrus Saihan, head of Business Development at BBC Future Media, said that the BBC iPlayer would be made available on Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8 platforms in the next few months.

BBC Audio Research Partnership Launched Today

Today was the unveiling of the BBC Audio Research Partnership that brought together the BBC and R&D operations and five UK leading universities in audio and visual research. The program was launched in front of a live audience. Those invited were people from the industry and the academia.

Lord Alan Sugar hired to save YouView

BBC along with other territorial broadcasters have come together to hire Lord Alan Sugar for saving the ailing YouView. It is a venture that looks into the business of Internet connected set-top box.

Till now, the company has already cost BBC £6 million because of persistent delays in the business and its execution.

That is the reason why Lord Sugar has been offered the post of Executive Chairman and has replaced Kip Meek, a senior broadcast figure. Kip departed after staying in the firm for a period of eight months alone.

BBC takes full control of Lonely Planet

BBC Worldwide has bought the remaining part of Lonely Planet from its founders. BBC has now taken the full control of the company. BBC had paid £42.1m to the Tony and Maureen Wheeler who is the owner of Lonely Planet. It has been informed by BBC's commercial arm on Friday.

Lonely Planet is the leading travel guide company and BBC had bought the 75% of stake in the year 2007.

YouView’s launch could hit Sky subscriptions

BBC-backed video-on-demand platform YouView will probably hit services like that of BskyB after its launch, a fresh report from Evolution Securities claims.

According to Media analyst Steve Malcolm, digital switchover will bring the subscription-free broadband video-on-demand platform YouView to around 22 per cent of households in the UK, which could hit Sky subscriptions very hard.

Currently, pay-TV market in the UK is dominated by BSkyB, with more than 10 million subscribers.

‘Doctor Who’ debut becomes most watches show on BBC iPlayer this year

The BBC’s on-demand video catch-up service iPlayer recorded a strong growth in the month of November with annual growth of more than 32 per cent and Matt Smith's first full episode as the latest Doctor Who has become the most watched programme on the service.

The Eleventh Hour was streamed by users on the service more than 2.2 million times since its broadcast n April this year. The first episode of Top Gear was streamed 1.6m times, while the first episode of Sherlock was streamed 1.4m times.