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BBC iPlayer will soon stop working on your Windows phone

BBC iPlayer will soon stop working on your Windows phone

BBC iPlayer viewers who use a Windows phone to play their favourite shows may soon need to upgrade their mobiles after the corporation announced it would be closing some versions of the app.

The BBC confirmed in a statement on its website that it will be pulling the iPlayer app for users with Windows Phone devices within the next few weeks.

The BBC iPlayer
(Nick Ansell/PA)

It said that when the BBC iPlayer app was originally created it was not technically possible to play back BBC programmes via the browser, and as it now is possible, “it’s no longer cost effective for the BBC to maintain a BBC iPlayer app for Windows mobile devices”.

When the app closes on the phones in April, Windows users will have to use their Edge browser to access BBC iPlayer, providing Windows 10 Mobile has been installed.

So, should you update to Windows 10 Mobile?

BBC iPlayer on an smartphone
(Nick Ansell/PA)

The BBC has suggested that many phones running Windows Phone 8.1 are able to update to Windows 10 Mobile and Microsoft has created the Windows 10 Mobile Upgrade Advisor app which can check whether your device can be upgraded here.

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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