Dave on Demand for iPhone and iPad apps are available to download from the iTunes App Store now.
The free apps will let you stream your favourite Dave programmes over either 3G or WiFi. Streaming over WiFi seemed to work better for us when we tested it out on our iPhone 5, though this is the case with virtually every video streaming app out there.
There’s about a couple of adverts to sit through before you can dive into catch up episodes of Russell Howard’s Good News, Suits and Argumental and it could do with a search function. Apart from that, we like what we’ve seen, it’s a good counterpart to the desktop service.
Ben Hine, UKTV’s Director of Operations, Technology and Innovation has also announced today that apps for Yesterday and Really on-demand are in the pipeline:
“With the 12 million tablets currently in use in the UK increasingly becoming a primary device for viewing content, the Dave app makes our great programmes conveniently accessible to even more viewers. Dave is the first of our free-to-air channels to have an iOS app and over the coming months we will be working towards rolling out apps for Yesterday and Really.”
There’s no further information on when these apps will be landing or if there are any Android equivalents in the pipeline. We’ll keep you posted once we hear more.
February 7, 2013
With Red Dwarf now enjoying an impressive return to form on Dave comes the launch of a public beta of the new Dave on Demand player.
Much like the more familiar BBC iPlayer, Dave on Demand lets you catch up and watch programmes on the go, up to seven days after their original broadcast.
As well as the new tenth series of Red Dwarf, you can also retroactively tune in to Dave mainstays such as Top Gear, Mock the Week, QI, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and other made for Dave shows like Dara O’Briain: School of Hard Sums.
We were told that plans to bring Dave on Demand to other platforms are currently being discussed. A spokesperson said that Dave is “considering plans for a channel branded app so users of iOS devices can easily access Dave on Demand.”
At this stage nothing’s set in stone but it’s perhaps worth nothing that Dave is already looking at this. We asked about other platforms too, namely Android and YouView, but nothing else has been confirmed yet.
You can sign up for Dave on Demand now by going to the site here; we’ve got it working on both Windows 7 and Mac OS X machines (you’ll need to have Flash Player installed).
Later in the month, Yesterday on Demand and Really on Demand should also be live on their respective sites. You’ll be able to log in to all of these services using the same profile you create or your Facebook profile if you want to be more sociable about it.