We've recently launched BBC iPlayer Downloads as our sole Desktop download service. We've concentrated on providing a service that allows you to download a programme, watch it and delete the programmes once expired. That's it. We believe that keeping it simple offers an improved and more reliable experience.
With specific reference to removing Windows Media Player download and Portable devices downloads, it was no longer cost-efficient to produce these downloads as they accounted for such a small number of download requests received.
For more information, please read the BBC Internet Blog by Dan Taylor, the head of BBC iPlayer.