BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer

5,000,000 - 10,000,000 downloads

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Features include:

- Watch live TV
- Watch over Wi-Fi and cellular networks
- Download TV programmes to watch later (only on popular devices)
- Scroll through and find Featured and Most Popular programmes
- Browse through the schedule for upcoming programmes
- 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

- We've improved how you resume programmes on Chromecast: now if you are casting to your TV and return to the app you will be able to pick up where you left off.
- Radio users will now be directed to the BBC iPlayer Radio app where they will experience the best of BBC Radio in an app tailored to that experience. Users on older devices will be directed to the iPlayer Radio website.

We've also included a number of bug fixes.

As always please feedback any comments to @bbciplayer


Comments and ratings for BBC iPlayer
  • (54 stars)

    by Conor Mullooly on 12/04/2014

    Come on BBC, it can't be news Samsung has a new phone out, check your news pages!

  • (54 stars)

    by Tia Denton-Reid on 12/04/2014

    My sister has BBC iplayer

  • (54 stars)

    by David Carr on 12/04/2014

    Great app but when updated had problems with freezing. So had to un install and install again and was fine. Otherwise great.

  • (54 stars)

    by Minesh Mistry on 12/04/2014

    Only started using this app after it allowed you to download programmes to watch offline (was this introduced mid-2013?) Sometimes the download bar fills to 100% but does not play. I just delete the download and restart it. A minor annoyance.

  • (54 stars)

    by Rory O'Hara on 11/04/2014

    Before the update I had nothing wrong with the app. Update released and installed... Now all I get is black screen and audio when I play over WiFi or 3G. When I download a program it says the downloaded program can't be played. Tried reinstalling but that

  • (54 stars)

    by Edd BArley on 11/04/2014

    another balls up by the bbc who just do not seem to get it..radio separation is game over. deleting this and relying on tune in radio app. someone needs to take charge of development. really.

  • (54 stars)

    by Paul Whiteing on 11/04/2014

    A very good app!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)