BBC now allows tablets and mobiles to download TV shows from iPlayer

by Doug Drinkwater

September 4 2012

The updated iPlayer iPad app supports offline viewing
The updated iPlayer iPad app supports offline viewing

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has updated its iPlayer video-on-demand service so that smartphones and tablets can download its TV programmes for free.

BBC said that all mobile devices will be able to connect and download from iPlayer with or without an Internet connection, and said that these shows can be kept on the user's device for up to 30 days. If the user presses play, then the user still has up to seven days to watch the rest of their program.

The new feature is already available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, while Android support is expected to come ‘soon’.

BBC says that there are three easy steps to downloading your favorite show:

  1. Tap the Download option on the program you want to save
  2. This program will then be added to your download queue
  3. When you next connect to WiFi, open the iPlayer app and the program will automatically start downloading to your device. Multiple programs can be recorded at the same time.

The BBC says that there were 30 million requests for iPlayer TV programs via a mobile or tablet in July of this year, a year-on-year increase of 142%.

The iPlayer app can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store for free. Those who already have the app will be prompted to update the app for the new features.

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