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BBC iPlayer Now Available on the Apple iPad and on Android


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Today the BBC launched their official Apple iPad version of their iPlayer software here in the UK, so now you can watch BBC programming on your iPad! And it’s also available on Android.


You can download it now from the Apple AppStore – it is only a 3.6 MB file so it won’t take very long.


Using iPlayer on the iPad is very simple – you get access to TV:




And you can even set up your favourites to find things quicker:


You can easily see what is on:


And search either by type of programme, or by programme title:


You can then choose something to watch and you can various details about it, including when it will be available until:


Then all you need to do is just sit back and enjoy whatever you choose:


The quality was fantastic and I had no problems at all. Well done BBC!

The BBC have also posted this on their website:

BBC iPlayer is now available on tablet devices within the UK. If you have a tablet bought in the UK, it will not be able to access television programs on BBC iPlayer when abroad. You can access BBC iPlayer by following the BBC iPlayer link on the BBC homepage or by typing into your web browser.

We are currently supporting BBC iPlayer on the Apple iPad. In the future we expect to add support for other tablet devices.

The BBC doesn’t charge for the iPlayer service but your Internet Service Provider may charge you for the bandwidth used.

Always ensure that you have the most up-to-date firmware/operating system installed on your device – please refer to your manufacturer for any help with this – and that you have a strong enough mobile network signal or wi-fi connection. If you lose connectivity while streaming you may need to start again.

You could also try browsing our message boards, which discuss many aspects of the service including common issues and problems. Please note that because this content is not generated by the BBC, it is not searchable via our search tool; however, we suggest typing key words such as BBC iPlayer + your issue into your preferred search engine.

Have you used it yet? What do you think?

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


    • Yes, only in the UK, although I have heard rumours it will be available in other countries soon.It’s the same as services such as Hulu in the US only “officially” being available there.

    • Thanks Leod – I have updated the post to reflect that it’s on Android. I don’t have any Android devices so I haven’t tested it, but it works great on the iPad.

  1. wow.its a nice idea that bbc iplayer is now available on ipad and android…Thanks for sharing this blog.

  2. Hmm! it seems great.BBc is now available on apple ipad .It means now we can access radio,news channel and other program on our apple ipad.

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