BBC Surging Forward in Mobile Video

The BBC is looking to rule the mobile video space in the UK, according to a report in the Financial Times. The Beeb has a mobile video service that works on the iPhone and iPod touch over in-home Wi-Fi networks. It also has a mobile version of its iPlayer, which delivers on-demand viewing of shows that were broadcast over the prior seven days, and now works on the Nokia N96 and N85, Samsung Omnia and Sony Ericsson C905 running over 3G networks.

Unlike the initial iPhone app, the mobile iPlayer delivers the same functionality as the PC version. Richard Titus, controller of mobile and future media at the BBC said in the article, “My sense is that we are at a critical moment where the audience is finally ready to have video and radio content on the mobile.”

However, the BBC faces established competition from BSkyB, which has had a mobile video offering since 2005 and a couple hundred thousand subscribers. There are also online video services going mobile such as Babelgum, Livestation and Joost, which are available on high-end handsets.