BBC iPlayer Version 2.0 Adds Support for Android 4.3 and Offline Viewing

The BBC’s popular iPlayer app for Android provides streaming for tons of BBC shows. Now the latest update adds a load of new features including the ability to download shows to watch offline and support for Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Get ready to consume all the Doctor Who you can on your Nexus 7 or other Android device.

The app is free to download, as is the content but only BBC watchers in the UK. Sadly the BBC iPlayer and all its shows are exclusive to the British Isles. So Android users in the UK, be sure to snag this!

Here’s the description from the Google Play store:

What’s New
DOWNLOADS ARE HERE for a range of devices running ICS or above!
-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
And we’ll be enabling more devices over the next few months.
What else is included?
-Android 4.3 support
-Other BBC apps
-Crash and bug fixes

Features include:
– Watch live TV
– Watch over Wi-Fi and cellular networks
– Download TV programmes to watch later (only on popular devices)
– Scroll through and find Featured and Most Popular programmes
– Browse through the schedule for upcoming programmes
We have developed the BBC Media Player app to improve video streaming playback on Android devices. You will need to install this separately from the Google Play marketplace.
To make installation of the BBC Media Player as easy as possible, BBC iPlayer will prompt you to install it when you first play a streamed programme.

The BBC iPlayer app uses standard Android app permissions that are defined by the Google Android platform. The permissions the BBC iPlayer Android app asks to use are:
Read phone status and identity – allows us to securely link downloads to your device.
Modify or delete the contents of your USB storage – allows the app to save images, metadata and downloads.
Full network access- allows the app to access the internet.
View network connections – Allows the app to access details about network connectivity i.e. whether the device is on Wi-Fi or 3G/4G.

Prevent phone from sleeping – enables downloads to be performed in the background.
Test access to protected storage – allows the app to check if there is space on your device to download programmes.

[Via: Google Play]

  • Stuart

    I’ve updated bbc iplayer on my samsung 10-2 but there is still no way to download a programme, is it just the samsung tablet, or is anyone else having problems.

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