BBC Media Player



    BBC Media Player's review

    Published: 2015-07-17, by .

    A BBC television streaming video app.

    • Chromecast support
    • Lots of content
    • Lots of buffering
    • Problems crashing
    • Sluggish performance

    "You Are Watching The BBC"


    BBC Media Player for Android is an app designed to allow you to view BBC shows from the anywhere on your mobile device. While this app has lots of promise, it unfortunately has some severe functionality issues that stunt its growth.


    It comes with Chromecast support. There is a lot of supported content on here for those needing their BBC fix.


    The pink buffer / loading wheel seems to appear with quite the frequency. The app completely crashed once while in the middle of an episode of Dr. Who. Menu transitions are sluggish and the app doesn't perform very smoothly. There is a problem with the app not working on Samsung 5 or Lollipop devices.

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    by William

    Jul 17, 2015


    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.

    Please note that information about your playback experience is collected when you use the BBC Media Player app. If you are not happy to be included in our usage reporting, please do not install the app. For more information visit

    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.

    • 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.

    • Phone Calls - read phone state and identity (Android Honeycomb and below only).
    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 text message or other notification while watching a programme. The BBC Media Player app does not access or store any personal information, phone numbers or IMEI numbers.

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    Users comments for BBC Media Player

    ahmed hotak

    by ahmed hotak

    Nov 17, 2017  |  "Awesome"

    It is so bad u guys are

    Mark Venn

    by Mark Venn

    Nov 17, 2017  |  "Poor"

    I don't get why we have to install this app. Why do the apps this supports not have the functions built in?

    Anand Raj

    by Anand Raj

    Nov 17, 2017  |  "Great"

    Every day BBC news

    A Google user

    by A Google user

    Nov 16, 2017  |  "Poor"

    Cannot install, even though old comments saying that it doesn't work, BBC get your act together!!

    Phil Tron

    by Phil Tron

    Nov 16, 2017  |  "Poor"

    Crappy app. Why do i have to even dowload another app jus to watch a video? Didnt even load the video and honestly.videos work half the time on the main app.

    Muhammad Asad Amir

    by Muhammad Asad Amir

    Nov 15, 2017  |  "Poor"

    It's terrible... Never works regardless of how well the internet signal is connected to it. Would not recommend