BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer


(4 stars)



10,000,000 - 50,000,000 downloads

  • Search through the entire BBC catalog of the last 30 days
  • Cast content to your TV via Chromecast
  • Live stream or download to watch later
  • TV and radio content
  • Only available within the Uk
  • Downloading only available on Android OS Ice Cream Sandwich and above
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Expert's Review

"BBC easy as 1-2-3"

Reviewed by / Nov 06, 2014

Catch up on your favorite BBC TV and radio shows and live stream through the app

Missed last Friday's episode of Eastenders ? Maybe you want to relive the excitement of the Great British Bake Off final all over again. The brilliant BBC iPlayer app lets you live stream programs and catch up on your favorite shows from the last 30 days.

Whether you're on a Wi-Fi or cellular network, you can swipe through the featured and favorite programs (TV and radio, local and national), browse by channel or category and filter by day and time. You can either stream past programs directly, or download them to watch later (downloading takes place in the background of your other apps). You can also cast all content to your TV using Chromecast.

Sadly, as a Brit abroad, I can only indulge in BBC iPlayer when I am back home- the app is only available from within the UK. And furthermore, you should be aware that when live streaming TV broadcasts, you therefore confirming that you have bought and paid for your TV license.

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Developer's original description available here
Features include:

- Watch live TV
- Watch over Wi-Fi and cellular networks
- Download TV programmes to watch later (on devices running Android OS Ice Cream Sandwich and above)

We know some Android KitKat users are having issues playing downloaded programmes. We're treating these issues very seriously and have raised them with Google who, so far, haven't been able to provide a fix of KitKat. We're continuing to work with Google on this and hope the issues will be fixed soon.

However, Google have been able to fix the downloads stuttering issue in Android Lollipop (5.0), so be sure to update your Operating System when you are prompted.

For more info on these issues visit

- Scroll through and find Featured and Most Popular programmes
- Browse through Category and Channel pages
- Cast content to your TV using Chromecast

We have developed the BBC Media Player app to improve video streaming playback on Android devices. You will need to install this separately from the Google Play Store.

To make installation of the BBC Media Player as easy as possible, BBC iPlayer will prompt you to install it when you first play a streamed programme.

The BBC iPlayer app uses standard Android app permissions that are defined by the Google Android platform. The permissions the BBC iPlayer Android app asks to use are:

Read phone status and identity – allows us to securely link downloads to your device, so they cannot be copied to another.

Modify or delete the contents of your USB storage – allows the app to save images, metadata and downloads.

Full network access- allows the app to access the internet.

View network connections - Allows the app to access details about network connectivity i.e. whether the device is on Wi-Fi or 3G/4G.

Prevent phone from sleeping – enables downloads to be performed in the background.

Test access to protected storage – allows the app to check if there is space on your device to download programmes.


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Some lists where this application appears: Reviewed by Jayne Deacon.

Changelog and permissions

  • - Know what access (wifi, 3G…) you have at every moment.
  • - Send and receive internet info.
  • - android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE
  • - Read phone state. Used to know whether you're in a call or not.
  • - Prevent your device from sleeping or screen from dimming (turn brightness down).
  • - Write whatever to your SD card.
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Comments and ratings for BBC iPlayer
  • (0)

    by Stewart Bell on 01/02/2015

    OK ish

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    by Kaydi Lindt on 01/02/2015


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    by Amaan Shawkath on 01/02/2015

    Cannot watch any show without experiencing buffering , the video just freezing but I can still hear the sound or it just going black but I can still hear the show in the background. All in all I expect better from the BBC ; I mean what do they even change in the "updates"!?

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    by Lewis Opie on 01/02/2015

    Doesn't work on Android 5.0.

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    by brian marshall on 01/02/2015

    It is awesome but my sister delete it and now I can not download it

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    by Adefolaju Ashaye on 01/02/2015

    Quite good

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    by Afrah Chaffa on 01/02/2015

    This is very good because you can watch what was in the past yeah yeah whatever