Earlier this week, BBC teased us with some delicious news of the official iPlayer app for Android arriving later in the week. The app lets UK residents watch TV, listen to the radio, manipulate their favorites, and look up schedules of TV programs. Oh yeah, and it just went live in the UK Android Market.

Watch and listen to BBC TV and Radio programmes from the last 7 days

BBC TV and Radio programmes now on Android. Watch and listen live, or choose your favourites from over 400 hours programming from the last 7 days.
- Watch live TV
- Listen to live radio
- Scroll through and find Featured and Most Popular programmes
- Add programmes to your favourites and have them ready and waiting when a new episode or series is available
- Browse through the schedule for upcoming programmes

Sounds good, right? Top Gear on my phone anywhere I go... errrr, nope - the app only works on Wi-Fi. Not on 3G, not on 4G, not even on 5G or 6G - just Wi-Fi, and on top of that only in the UK (no surprise there though).

Disappointed Android users who are downloading the app are currently staging a bit of a revolt in the Market comment section over the 3G fiasco, which, to be honest, is all too familiar to us.

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Yup, no love for those of us not in the UK (left) | No love from 3G lovers (right)

If inability to stream over 3G doesn't scare you, proceed to the iPlayer screenshots and download links below.


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QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bbc.iplayer.android

Android Market link

Source: Android Market

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  • http://www.pri.me.uk grom

    Your QR code didn't work for me so went to the market manually only to find that apparently my San Francisco/ZTE Blade is not compatible with the iplayer app. Kind of defeats the point of Android since my phones specs match the requirements.
    Shame, was looking forward to this.

    • Ian

      Um... "San Francisco", i.e. not the UK. Or did you just buy it from San Fran? It's UK only, because the iPlayer is currently UK only.

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        Orange San Francisco is the name of the phone :). See this.

        • Ian

          I have never heard of it before - my bad. Never even seen it in the Orange store.

        • rem1x

          The San Fransisco can't run Flash, that's why ;)

    • aragajmi

      unfortunately the iplayer app requires flash to be installed, and unfortunately adobe haven't released a version of flash compatible with the cpu in the san francisco, which is a pain in the ass really, have you tried the skyfire browser? that lets you view flash videos etc

  • abee

    Eastenders is still on TV ?!

    When I lived in the UK, about 15 years ago, the one thing I hated most was Eastenders taking up precious airtime on one of four channels.

  • Mikey H

    erm, if you have a reasonably up-to-date phone you can just go to the BBC iplayer website and watch/listen to what you want on there and it works over 3G, still can't download but live TV and watch again work nice and smooth. This app makes no sense with the power of android to render the full web experience, just like using your desktop on a small screen.

  • t

    this is not fair, i have the orange san fransico aswell and it wont work :( i would love to be able to catch up with eastenders and other shows like apperentice through my phone.