BBC iPlayer Update Brings TV Show Downloads & Android 4.3 Support


Today, the BBC is pushing out an update for its official iPlayer app on Google Play, bringing support for Android 4.3, as well as a multitude of bug fixes and stability improvements together with the ability for users to download TV shows.

BBC has been promising a built-in downloads section for its iPlayer Android app for quite some time, and now its finally been implemented for users running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or above. You will now be able to download TV shows free of charge, and watch them back whenever you please, with no buffering and without an active network connection.

Programmes can only be downloaded over Wi-Fi in both standard-definition (SD) or high-definition (HD). Once downloaded, you have 30 days in which to watch the TV shows, after that whatever has not been watched will automatically be deleted. Once you have viewed a downloaded programme, you have 7 days to watch it again, after which it is removed from your device.

The full changelog for the update can be seen below:

  • Download TV shows for free
  • Watch on your way to work, on holiday, or keep your kids quiet in the car, with no buffering and no network connection
  • Keep downloads for up to 30 days. They expire 7 days after 1st play
  • Programmes download over WiFi only
  • Download in Standard or High Quality
  • Android 4.3 support
  • Other BBC apps
  • Crash and bug fixes

The update is already live and available to download on the Google Play Store – simply click the source link below to do so.