BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer

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(4 stars)

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

Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • Only available within the Uk
  • Downloading only available on Android OS Ice Cream Sandwich and above
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Expert's Review
8.5
Great

"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
- Catch up on the past 30 days
- Watch on Wi-Fi and cellular networks
- Download TV programmes to watch later (on devices running Android OS Ice Cream Sandwich and above)
- Browse Categories and Channels
- Cast content to your TV using Chromecast

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 prompted.

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We’ve developed the BBC Media Player app to improve video streaming playback on Android devices. You’ll 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:

Photos/Media/Files

"Read the contents of your USB storage" & "Modify or delete the contents of your USB storage"
This permission is used to store downloaded programmes. The application must be able to write, read and delete these files.

Device ID & Call Information

"Read phone status and identity"
This permission is used to read the Android "Device ID". This is an anonymous ID that cannot be used to identify the user and is not used to track the user. It is used by iPlayer's content protection system to ensure that downloaded programmes can only be played on the device that downloaded them. iPlayer does not use this permission to determine the device phone number, whether a call is active, or the remote number in a connected call.

Other permissions (not explicitly mentioned when installing BBC iPlayer, as they are more general to most apps):

"Prevent phone from sleeping"
This permission is used by two features: Downloads & Chromecast.
While downloading a programme, the application prevents the system from sleeping when the device is locked, so the download can continue. This is only active while a download is in progress.

While "casting" a programme to a compatible receiver like Google's Chromecast, the application stops the system from fully sleeping when the phone is locked. This stops the application losing connection with the receiver so the phone can continue to control playback.

"Full network access"
iPlayer needs access to the internet to download programmes, schedules and information about programmes and configuration, and to send usage statistics.

"View network connections"
This permission lets iPlayer determine whether a network connection is available before accessing the network, and provide better error messages when it can’t retrieve data.

iPlayer also determines what type of network connection is in use (Wi-Fi or Cellular) for the Downloads feature. Downloads are enabled when connected to a Wi-Fi network. On a cellular network, downloads are disabled/paused.

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

To give you with the best experience, certain details like your Search History and Favourites may be stored on your device or securely on BBC servers.

To analyse and improve the app, it also uses technologies similar to performance cookies used by the BBC. You can alter your settings for this on your device. For more information about this and privacy, cookies and iPlayer more generally, visit the BBC iPlayer privacy FAQ page at http://iplayerhelp.external.bbc.co.uk/tv/app_privacy, or the BBC’s Privacy & Cookies site at http://www.bbc.co.uk/privacy/

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Recently changed in this version

You can now watch live TV for your home nation; simply choose from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in Settings.

We’ve also fixed various other bugs to improve app stability.


Lists with BBC iPlayer

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


Changelog and permissions

PermissionsChangelogPackage bbc.iplayer.android
  • - 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.
  • - bbc.iplayer.android.pickupaprogramme.WRITE_PICK_UP_DATA

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Comments and ratings for BBC iPlayer
  • (0)

    by derek owen on 20/03/2015

    Not working

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    by Paulette Swaby on 20/03/2015

    This app has stopped working on my phone, so frustrating.

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    by Alex Slater on 20/03/2015

    Still never watched a single programme which hasn't paused or given up at least once and usually a lot more times. Terrible interface.

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    by Mark Cochrane on 19/03/2015

    This app has stopped working with the nexus 7 2012 android 5.1 lollipop,BBC sort your act out. You are getting a lot more negative feedback and that's not what the British public are paying for,..........

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    by Catherine Jones on 19/03/2015

    Good yo watch excitedx=

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    by Caliston Vincent on 19/03/2015

    Rubbish. Its toooooo slow.

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    by matthew godliman on 19/03/2015

    Best can only download off WiFi thow but great app as I work night