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.

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

What's new in this version?
- BBC Media Player is now available to international users. So if you're outside the UK you can now enjoy content from the BBC World Service, including our Learning English website.
- Fixed an issue where, when content failed to play, "Try Again" sometimes didn't work.
- Fixed an issue where some clips were being cut short.
- Other minor bug fixes.

Lists with BBC Media Player

Some lists where this application appears: apps.

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

    by vmjmurphy on 29/11/2012

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

  • (56 stars)

    by James G on 03/01/2015


  • (56 stars)

    by Chise a on 03/01/2015

    fizzles out after 5minutes of play. Sound distorts into static and finally app crashes

  • (56 stars)

    by Emily Still on 03/01/2015

    Can't wait to watch Doctor Who!!

  • (56 stars)

    by Lynne Rutledge on 03/01/2015

    Installed to listen to Good Omens. Played fine for first few minutes, then crackly static started. Had this issue on multiple episodes, and on noth phone & tablet. Tried to listen to a different program, and the content wouldn't load. Very disappointed.

  • (56 stars)

    by Yasmin Ahmed on 03/01/2015


  • (56 stars)

    by Nick Davies on 03/01/2015

    Every body schoud give 5 stars for this app

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