Download BBC iPlayer programs on your iOS devices

It’s not strange or startling that a developer or software house will update a popular app, adding, removing or improving functionality. Well that’s what the BBC have done for Apple iDevice users who make use of the iPlayer app, allowing them to download and save the shows for offline viewing.

Daniel Danker, General Manager for Programmes and On-Demand for the BBC has said:

With mobile downloads for BBC iPlayer, you can now load up your mobile phone or tablet with hours and hours of BBC television 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. Viewers have up to 30 days to begin watching a downloaded programme, so you can even fill up your device and take the BBC with you on holiday.

Daniel raises a good point. Some users might be in an area with very poor coverage or no connectivity at all, so they can fill their devices, watching anything from Doctor Who to Match of the Day without having to worry about a lack of internet connection. It also means that people on limited contracts or Pay As You Go can download the content via Wi-Fi, watch offline, and not have to worry about extra charges or costs from your mobile provider.

That being said, there are a few caveats. First, the shows, if not watched, will automatically delete after 30 days. And second, once you start watching a show, you must finish watching it within a week, or it will automatically be deleted.

At the moment, only Apple’s mobile devices have got the functionality with the BBC promising Android users will receive the update “soon.” Spare a thought for Windows Phone users at this time as well; they don't even get an (official) iPlayer app!

Source: TechWatch
Image: The Independent (Blogs)

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Squuiid said,
Airplay still doesn't work on this app however, rather pathetic.
Where do you want to stream the content you are streaming to??

Squuiid said,
Airplay still doesn't work on this app however, rather pathetic.

It works perfectly here, from an iPhone 4S and iPad (3rd gen) to an Apple TV 2.

Unusually though, there's no Airplay button in the app. You double-tap the home button, swipe right and enable it there. Just choose the AppleTV you want to stream to but DONT choose mirroring. Works great for me.

tomcoleman said,
old this app was updated like 2-3 days ago,.

Its news to me anyway, and nice to here Android iPlayer users will soon get an update.

tomcoleman said,
old this app was updated like 2-3 days ago,.

Who cares? It's still news and hasn't been posted here previously.