BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer

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

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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)
- 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 marketplace.

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.

Here's a list of devices that are currently able to receive video downloads: http://iplayerhelp.external.bbc.co.uk/help/mobile_tablet/android_downloads_device

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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Recently changed in this version

Live playback improvements.
Various bug fixes.


Comments and ratings for BBC iPlayer
  • (56 stars)

    by andrew deighton on 23/07/2014

    Won't let me download to my tablet, which I find annoying to the extreme, I hope you sort the issue soon, I don't really want to stream all the time, I'd like to take my tablet to WiFi free spaces, and watch shows! Come on Auntie, update the app, and resolve this issue.

  • (56 stars)

    by Rob Tapner on 23/07/2014

    This App is very easy to use and the content is second to none. I believe the BBC should be applauded for its continued and Ongoing improvements made to this Free App. Well done indeed.

  • (56 stars)

    by Christopher Rowland on 23/07/2014

    New update doesn't address the bug where 15 mins into playback the content begins to stutter, and by 20 mins it's unwatchable. C'mon BBC please find a workaround!

  • (56 stars)

    by Daniel Faulkner on 23/07/2014

    Come on BBC a month since the update that broke playback, latest update changes it from 15 minutes to 18 minutes until the sound breaks up, so, so poor

  • (56 stars)

    by Alan Dearing on 23/07/2014

    So the latest update has still not fixed this issue for Nexus users running Kit Kat. Not happy!

  • (56 stars)

    by Geoff Adams on 23/07/2014

    Latest update still doesn't fix the download playback issues on the Nexus 7, stuttering 15-16 mins in and unwatchable by 20mins; c'mon BBC it's been a month! I don't like the new interface either, its just more difficult to find what you're looking for; why why why?

  • (56 stars)

    by BUD SHAH on 23/07/2014

    I am confused as to what tests has been done to confirm that downloads work BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT WORKING ON HTC ONE SV PLEASE SORT THIS SOON AS BECAUSE OF YOU I CAN NOT DOWNLOAD AND WATCH F1 PLUS YOU HAVE NOT EXTENDED DEADLINE WHICH IS UNFAIR FOR THOSE WHO PAY TV LICENSE.