On February 10, a mobile version of on-demand platform iPlayer will launch on Apple's tablet computer via the iOS operating system.
In a post on Twitter, BBC interactive operations engineer Geoff Marshall confirmed that users will need a WiFi connection to access playback functions on the app.
He added: "iPlayer App for iPad is being released this Thursday - Feb 10. 3G connection is browse only. Browse + Playback requires WiFi."
In response to questions from other users, Marshall confirmed that the app would only be available to UK users and only on iPad, not the iPhone or iPod Touch.
Plans for the iPlayer app were first revealed by the BBC way back in November 2009, but the service was subsequently delayed along with apps for BBC News and BBC Sport following objections from the industry. The BBC Trust approved all the apps last July, but the iPlayer version is only now ready for launch.
The online iPlayer is already available on the iPhone and iPad, but the app version is expected to offer a better quality experience and extra features, such as social sharing.
Mobile devices accounted for 4% of all iPlayer usage in December, when the platform posted a record-breaking 145 million monthly requests for TV and radio shows.
The launch of the iPlayer app is among the last big moves from Erik Huggers, the BBC's head of future media and technology, before he leaves the corporation to join Intel at the end of February.