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BBC News and BBC iPlayer Added to BlackBerry PlayBook


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If you have a BlackBerry PlayBook, from today you can access BBC News and BBC iPlayer from your device. Well, at least you can access the shortcuts.


It is a good to see more devices utilising the BBC iPlayer app.

Here is what was said:

To this end, I’m pleased to announce today the launch of BBC News and BBC iPlayer web icons (shortcuts) on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. From today, all new BlackBerry PlayBook tablets will come with the web icons pre-installed. Existing users will be presented with a software update notification on their status ribbon or can access the update at any time from the Software Updates item in the Settings Menu. The addition of these web icons provides more convenient access to BBC News and a wealth of BBC programmes on demand.

The BBC aims to make its content available as widely as possible. In the BBC Future Media Business Development team where I work we’re constantly forging relationships with industry to deliver greater value for money for licence-fee payers, by repurposing BBC Online products for the widest range of devices we can. These partnerships have already enabled delivery of versions of the BBC News application for Apple and Android devices, and a version of the BBC iPlayer app for Apple’s iPad and Android mobile and tablet devices.

The BBC News shortcut will link to the desktop version of the BBC News website, and the BBC iPlayer shortcut will link to a browser optimised for portable devices. The growth rate in tablets is outstripping that of PCs so we’re pleased to be able to bring these products to a wider tablet audience.

Do you have a PlayBook? What do you think of it?

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

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