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BBC launches iPlayer mobile downloads for iOS devices

Alas a little bit too late for the main holiday season, but in time for the boring winter commutes the BBC iPlayer has released a major update to the BBC iPlayer. This latest update allows catch-up TV viewers to download shows they want to watch to the mobile device, and then play them at leisure, rather then being restricted to streaming which requires a constant Internet connection. At present only iOS devices such as iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad are supported, but support for Android is on its way also.

The cached content will be available for 30 days, before self-destructing, and once playback has started will be available for 7 days (online video rental stores would do well to note this longer availability period). The downloads are not restricted to a single programme, so you can in theory pre-download enough content to keep you occupied on a long flight, or when abroad on holiday.

For those with slower broadband services, the option to download before playback will also be welcome, as people will be able to download the higher quality versions and avoid the annoyance of buffering during playback.

Comments

what about those using windows/laptops? would be nice to have this when away from home, rather than restricted to smartphone-only solutions

  • Bruce
  • over 4 years ago

Bruce, there is a software called iPlayer Desktop which you can use to download these TV shows.

  • hypertony
  • over 4 years ago

Once again people using Windows phone are forgotten,its always i phone or android.

  • rayvon
  • over 4 years ago

Still rather torrent then I am in control.

@rayvon

Developing for a dead OS isn't good business.

  • otester
  • over 4 years ago

I'm pretty sure that iPlayer for Symbian S60v5 used to allow this. Pity the rest of the OS was terrible.

  • driz
  • over 4 years ago

MyPlayer on Android used to do it for quite an longtime (about 2-3 years ago) until BBC told them to stop (the player is basically useless now), BBC own player is not much better and lacks download option

  • leexgx
  • over 4 years ago

its far easyer to just torrent the tv program (media company's will learn at some point) in Land of aus they seem to be Learning an little bit as they have an 7 day or longer delay before its aired in aus land most of them have downloaded it before its even aired there

  • leexgx
  • over 4 years ago

(missed an bit some main tv programs are going to be aired in aus land on streaming, once it has finished airing in USA)

  • leexgx
  • over 4 years ago

@leexgx
Unfortunately UK judges seem to be as singularly ill informed about this intertorrentweb stuff as the Beeb and would probably tell a few ISPs not to allow it to pass their portals

  • Mr_Fluffy
  • over 4 years ago

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