BBC launches live Wi-Fi TV

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BBC launches live Wi-Fi TV

The BBC has launched a service that allows UK viewers to watch live TV programs from suitable Wi-Fi connected mobile phones.

BBC Live TV is available in a beta test form, offering a limited number of the broadcaster’s channels, plus its radio stations.

Some smartphones already support use of the BBC iPlayer catch-up TV service over a Wi-Fi connection, but this is the first time the corporation has offered live streaming of programmes to mobile phones.

An FAQ section on the web site says the BBC is also planning to offer Live TV over 3G connections in future.

“There is no need to download or install anything – just click and go,” says the online FAQ.

“It’s available on a wide range of Wi-Fi-enabled handsets. Over the coming months, we are hoping to make it available on even more handsets and over 3G networks.”

The service is only available to UK audiences and requires viewers to hold a current television licence.
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