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Feb
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The majority of TV shows I watch are produced by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), primarily because the BBC iPlayer web app makes it incredibly easy to watch shows free and on-demand. The icing on the cake is the announcement today that a free iPlayer app will be launching on Android and iOS devices in the UK by the end of the week.

The app will deliver live content to any Android or iOS device, as well as radio broadcasts. Additionally, users will be able to access the BBC's full catalog of "catch-up programs," including seven days' worth of on-demand TV shows and radio broadcasts. All of this will be packaged in a "simple and intuitive design with high picture quality."

Unfortunately, this app will require Android 2.2 (Froyo) as well as Adobe Flash Player 10.1. Additionally, a device with a "powerful" processor is required and the stream will only function over a WiFi connection. The lack of support for older Android devices and the inability to watch shows over 3G networks are major limitations that will, sadly, make the app inaccessible to a large majority of Android users.

Credit: BBC

Abhiroop Basu
Abhiroop Basu is an opinionated tech and digital media blogger. As a doe-eyed twenty-something he started his first blog TechComet to comment on anything tech-related that caught his omniscient eye. Since then he has blogged for Android Police, Make Tech Easier, and This Green Machine. In the real world, Abhiroop Basu is a resident of Singapore and the Editor of The Digit, a subsidiary of The Potato Productions Group.

  • http://CanedoPC.com LJCanedo

    sounds cool but I haven't found a TV streaming app yet that doesn't have issues over 3G

  • DaveO

    Pretty cool. But would this only work in the UK?

    • http://androidpolice.com Abhiroop Basu

      As far as I am aware it would only work in the UK.

      Firstly, the BBC is generally only available for UK residents who pay the TV licencing fee. Secondly, the iPlayer web app has only been available for UK residents (there are rumours it will be made available worldwide). Thirdly, licensing requirements would only allow it to be available in the UK.

  • Paul

    Now I need a UK Proxy. Getting the APK and sideloading it is easy enough, just gotta proxy through a UK server. The things I'll do to watch Dr. Who :-)