iplayer downloads

I love the BBC iPlayer apps but my biggest gripe about it has been the lack of offline features. When traveling it would be great to have a selection of BBC shows lined up to watch but up to now that has not been possible. Today the BBC have added mobile download features to the iOS version of the iPlayer app, so with the app you can download TV programs, store then for up to 30 days and then watch on your iOS device. It will be a great way of catching up with TV shows without having to have a network connection. At the moment the feature is only part of the iOs version but the BBC say it’s coming to the Android version of iPlayer soon.

You can find the app in the app store and read more details about the update on the BBC Internet blog


Today, that barrier is lifted. With the launch of mobile downloads for iPlayer, on-the-go viewing is transformed. For the first time, you can watch BBC programmes on your phone or tablet even if you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection or 3G signal. You can download multiple programmes to your device and store them for 30 days. Once you’ve pressed play you can keep watching for seven more days. Why not take your favourite shows with you when you go on holiday? You could watch them on the plane, on the beach, anywhere you want.

The new mobile downloads feature is initially available on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices running iOS 5.1. We will be bringing this feature to Android phones and tablets soon, and are looking at making downloads available on other devices in the future.

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