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:

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 Jessica Batten on 01/08/2014

    For some reason, iplayer has started cutting out all the time now. I have a Samsung phone. V frustrating.

  • (56 stars)

    by David Lloyd on 01/08/2014

    Stuff fails to download and things aren't on there for five minutes. Worse it needs signal to connect even to play offline which is pants. Frankly a disgrace considering how much the bbc costs.

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    by Donavon Hunt on 01/08/2014


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    by cainat hussain on 31/07/2014


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    by Patricia M on 31/07/2014

    Worked fine until about a month ago. After 15 minutes the download gets fragmented on my nexus 7, not happy at all!

  • (56 stars)

    by dav M on 31/07/2014

    I used to see BBC as quite pioneering with apps but this is rubbish. I can't watch video on this app or even direct on the browser anymore. What happened? Plays the sound but that's it

  • (56 stars)

    by Ian McDonnell on 31/07/2014

    Unwatchable from half way through on any video download on a Nexus 7.