BBC iPlayer site. Android app coming soon.

The BBC has announced that it'll be launching an official iPlayer app on the Android Market later this week. While Android owners can currently access the service through their web browsers, the new app will apparently provide a flashier UI and better touchscreen integration.

According to the Beeb, the app will allow live TV and radio streaming -- something not possible via the current web interface -- as well as the same catalog of catch-up TV found on the iPlayer website. As with the iPlayer mobile site, viewers will need Android 2.2 and Flash Player 10.1 to get in on the action.

As ever, the iPlayer is free to all TV license fee payers in the UK. The BBC plans to launch a subscription-based version of the service to viewers in other countries later this year. [BBC Blog]