The long awaited app that will run the BBC iPlayer on Apple’s iPad is slated for release on Thursday February 10, the BBC has confirmed.
It is understood that the first version will be released for the UK only, though an international version will make its debut in the US during the summer, where the commercial edition will bring in revenues for BBC Worldwide.
Users will be able to use their 3G connection to browse content, but browse and playback requires Wi-fi.
News of the release first emerged on Twitter when BBC engineer Geoff Marshall posted the initial details. The BBC had already scheduled a press briefing for Friday morning.
In December, mobile devices accounted for 4% of requests to the iPlayer, representing some six million requests.