BBC iPlayer App Headed to iOS App Store on December 8th

Good news for all iPad and the iPhone users, BBC Worldwide has announced a new version of BBC iPlayer app launching December 8th specially for iPhones and iPod Touches.

Eralier in July BBC’s iPlayer app for iPad wnt globally by adding eleven European countries to their subcription-based streaming service, which recently added Canada, Scandinavia, and Australia to top sixteen territories worldwide. Today the company ahd made announcement that the app will be landing on iOS device starting next Thursday DEC.8th.

Like its big brother app for the iPad, it’s free download lets subscribers stream or shows downloaded for offline viewing, as well as stream video to the Apple TV via AirPlay. The collection of Whole new categories of programming are coming online soon including music, arts and culture, and radio, and now it can all fit in one’s pocket.

President Worldwide Networks and Global BCC iPlayer, Jana Bennett, took the stage at this morning’s keynote:

“This platform extension shows how Global iPlayer isn’t just about moving TV to tablet devices, it’s also about a mobile strategy – about truly getting TV everywhere in a way that it hasn’t been before. We also want the global BBC iPlayer to be truly representative of the whole gamut of British creative output, to represent everything that is great about British content – not just the Best of British TV but the Best of British Culture.”

He also revealed a selection of new content to be made available through the iPlayer app in 2012, including programming from DRG such as Peep Show, Black Books, Shameless, Father Ted, and Green Wing. They are also planning on adding new “Music” and “Arts and Culture” genre categories as well as selected speech programs from BBC radio. At the keynote,

Bennett also noted some stats about the app:

–35% of viewers watch more than one show per visit, an average of 75% of subscribers use the app every single day, and 25% continue browsing programs after watching a show.

If you are ready to grab the free iPad app for the iPhone and iPod touch version of the BBC iPlayer app that will be available on Thursday.