BBC Media Player

BBC Media Player


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BBC Media Player works with BBC websites and applications to provide video and audio playback on your Android device.

Once you have downloaded this application, continue to use your favourite BBC websites and apps on your Android device as normal. Whenever you play any video or audio the BBC Media Player will launch and handle playback of the content.

Users of Samsung Galaxy devices - especially the S5 and Note 4 - may be unable to play content after the upgrade to Android Lollipop (5.0.x), and may find that the BBC Media Player app crashes after a few seconds. This is due to a bug in the Samsung firmware.

We are working with Google and Samsung to resolve these issues and will update our FAQ page when more information is available:

You may notice that when you install the app it asks you for permission to access your phone's network communication, phone calls, and system tools.

These are standard Android app permissions that are defined by the Google Android platform. The 3 permissions the BBC Media Player app asks to use are:

• Network Communication - full internet access.
Granting this permission provides the BBC Media Player app with access to the internet so it can play programmes.

• Phone Calls - read phone state and identity.
Granting this permission provides the BBC Media Player app with phone communication status and notifies the application if the phone rings or a phone call is in progress. We only use this permission to ensure that the BBC Media Player pauses if you receive a phone call and temporarily reduces its audio when you receive a txt message while watching a programme. The BBC Media Player app does not access or store any personal information, phone numbers or IMEI numbers.

• System tools - preventing phone from sleeping, retrieve running applications.
Granting this permission provides the BBC Media Player app with the ability to prevent the phone going to sleep when you are watching a programme.

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Recently changed in this version

We've worked with Adobe to fix the problems with playing audio content in the app. We're sorry for the inconvenience this has caused.

Also in this update:
- Audio from other apps is only stopped when a programme is about to play
- The app exits automatically if audio has been buffering in the background for more than 30 seconds

Playback issues on LG G3 and NVIDIA Shield devices have been fixed by the manufacturers in firmware. Please ensure you upgrade to the latest version.

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Comments and ratings for BBC Media Player
  • (54 stars)

    by vmjmurphy on 29/11/2012

    They really need to sort out the quality - it's virtually unwatchable.

  • (54 stars)

    by Maulana Abdullah on 17/03/2015

    "This content does not seem to be working." always appear while Im playing each radio on galaxy tab S. Please fix it asap.

  • (54 stars)

    by tom connors on 17/03/2015

    Not good

  • (54 stars)

    by Maya Nightingale on 17/03/2015

    Great get it is awesome and don't listen to the other reports

  • (54 stars)

    by Jonathon McAllister on 17/03/2015

    Doesn't work at all on S5. Freezes and then i have to restart device. AVOID!

  • (54 stars)

    by Becki Coates on 17/03/2015

    Since downloading cant watch anything. Bring back Clarkson!!!

  • (54 stars)

    by Beth Darlington on 17/03/2015

    Massively improved. No problems anymore

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