BBC goes live... over Wi-Fi
Live TV airs for smartphones
No telly in your office? No problem, because the BBC has launched a live TV service for smartphones.
The BBC's Live TV service (left) also supports live radio (right)
Although still in beta, the Live TV service is designed to let you watch a selection of TV channels, including One, Two and BBC News, live over a Wi-Fi connection. It also supports several radio stations, including Radio 1, 2 and 4.
There’s no need to install any applications prior to watching to any of the channels, just “click and go”, the BBC said.
Currently the service only works over a Wi-Fi connection and broadcasts a 176 x 144 image, but the broadcaster hopes to extend Live TV out to 3G networks and to add more channels during the coming months.
Live TV is thought to work with a selection of smartphones, including the Android G1 and Nokia N Series devices. Register Hardware tried to access Live TV using an iPhone, the service wouldn’t work.
It’s worth noting that you’re legally obliged to own a full colour TV licence before watching any of the channels on your mobile, though. The BBC warned that it’s “a criminal offence to watch 'live' television without a TV licence”.
The service is available using your smartphone and over a Wi-Fi connection online here ®
ipod & nokia 5800
No luck on the iPod Touch - Not Compatible (Surprise surprise)
Works on my Nokia 5800 although its terrible quality
Showing Blackberry Bold without WIFI
Blackberry Bold 9000 (Vodafone UK) showing 3G or GPRS use only. No WiFi connection.
I've got it working on 3G...
It seems the Beeb have had an oversight - it's working beautifully (As before) over 3G on my Blackberry Bold (Vodafone)!
....working beautifully on my Blackberry Bold! Although, it does have to be said - only Ceebebies and BBC2 are currently broadcasting (To me anyway!)
N96? Don't Think So.
For N-Series people, you need a hacked phone, python and the user agent changer thingy.
Then again, my phone is set to be an N96 (its an N82 really) and it doesn't like it (although I can use the iplayer app fine!)