Hack: Watch BBC’s iPlayer on Windows Mobile

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In the UK, the BBC iPlayer allows residents to watch full-length TV episodes on their computers or select mobile phones. But unfortunately, Windows Mobile phones didn’t make the list of approved devices. Since there’s no official client for WiMo users, a hacker over on the XDA-Developers forum decided he would figure out a way for making the iPlayer’s mobile interface work on Windows Mobile.

If you live in the UK and have an HTC Diamond (more models may be added later), you can try the following steps to hack your phone.*

First, you’ll need to get a copy of CorePlayer – the only Windows Mobile Media Player that can handle H.264 and AAC formats. Associate .mov files with the player.  Also make sure you have the Net framework 3.5 installed.

Finally, install the iPlayer files: iPlayer.cab. It’s recommended that you install this to Internal Storage since videos are stored to the installation folder.

When using the application, it’s best to use Wi-Fi or use with an unlimited data plan.


  • Finger friendly UI including flick kinetic scrolling, swipe gestures and vibration feedback.
  • Supports Nav Sensor and Stylus Removal
  • Higher quality video/audio than Samsung User Agent hack (483x272 h.264 video stream).
  • Browse content by Highlights, Popular, Channel, Category or Date.
  • Search for content and save history.
  • Checks for latest version of player and AppToDate support.
  • Downloads video to device for later viewing (I download at home over wifi and then watch videos on the tube on the way to work).
  • Video launched in your default player associated with '.mov' files (e.g.,CorePlayer).

You can learn more here.

*Note: Disclaimer - Do not hack your phone. That’s totally illegal or something. We are not recommending it.

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