Why are Windows Media downloads no longer available?
With BBC iPlayer Downloads we've concentrated on providing a service that lets you download a programme, watch it and then delete it once it’s expired. That's it, simple and reliable.
When making this change we decided it was it was no longer cost-effective to keep producing downloads for Windows Media Player and portable devices, as they accounted for such a small number of the download requests we receive.
For more info, read this BBC blog about BBC iPlayer Downloads by Dan Taylor, head of BBC iPlayer.