BBC's iPlayer Now Allowing Mobile Downloads

The BBC has just updated its iPlayer application to allow users to download content to their mobile phone and watch it later. Previously only available for desktop users, the new feature takes iPlayer to a whole new level for mobile users.

"This fundamentally changes one of the most annoying restrictions about viewing programmes. It means audiences are liberated from the constraints [of online-only viewing] and it fundamentally changes what it means to go on holiday," said the BBC's Daniel Danker.

"With mobile downloads, you can now load up your mobile phone or tablet with hours and hours of BBC programmes, then watch them on the road, on the tube, on a plane, without worrying about having an internet connection or running up a mobile data bill," the Guardian cites him as saying.

Though one of the most annoying restrictions will be eliminated, there are still a few limitations in place when it comes to downloading content to your phone. The Guardian reports that, once downloaded, programs will be available for 30 days, or within seven days of being watched. Additionally, for the moment, you can only download content via WiFi.

This update to iPlayer should be available starting today for iOS devices. An update to provide the same functionality for Android users is expected sometime in the near future.

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  • peanutsrevenge
    Given dodgy 3.xG connectivity when on the move a download was always the best option, now no need to download and transfer.
    Shame not on Android yet though!
    Be interesting to see what quality levels are available in app though, given they'll want to keep bandwidth down, but have a retina enable app :|
  • This is not the news. The iPlayer app on Nokia has allowed both live streaming and downloads for years (since N95 days and right up to Nokia's latest Symbian phones). It's not true that it was only previously available on desktop.
  • mike_man
    And still no iPlayer support yet for the Android flagship tablet - the Nexus 7. Come on BBC!
  • tiger6k
    Seems that you can only get this app if you live in the UK. Anyone know of a way to get it in the US?