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The UK citizens have sounded off on the BBC iPlayer's Play Store reviews, loudly and often: it's sitting at a depressing 2.9 stars, with more 1-star reviews than any others. The Beeb has been slowly improving the streaming video app, and today it gets a long-overdue update to version 1.7, finally including support for 10-inch tablets. I honestly have no idea why that was such a hurdle for an international media company, but hey, there it is. The app is still free for UK citizens who've paid their television licence, and forbidden to everyone else.

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The user interface on phones and smaller tablets has been adjusted slightly. Streaming quality and stability have been somewhat improved, according to multiple Play Store reviews since the update went live. Most of them still seem to be bitter about the fact that the iOS version of iPlayer has video downloads, which Android users are still waiting for. The BBC says they're working on it: "Watch out for further optimisation for larger screens soon, whilst the work continues on video downloads," reads the changelog.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    I just want an option to stream 720p instead of f*^& knows what since they don't say.

  • jaduncan

    For the record, you don't need to have purchased a TV licence for the video catchup/on demand stuff, only the live broadcast streams. TV licences cover the reception of live TV broadcasts only.

  • http://twitter.com/RvLeshrac RvLeshrac

    I just want them to let those of us outside the UK pay for a fucking license and watch the streaming video. What the hell is holding them back? Is the British government afraid of money?

    • CJ Holder

      Move to the UK if you want the finest TV in the world. ;) I would agree though they wouldn't be able to price it competitively. We pay £150~ a year or about £12.5 a month. So that's about $19 a month and I don't see foreigners paying that. Or they could reduce our TV license costs to £100 a year and charge you guys $10 a month to subsidise it. :D

      • http://twitter.com/RvLeshrac RvLeshrac

        There would be DOZENS of MILLIONS of additional TV licenses sold if they did this. I'm fairly certain they could drop the price by half.

    • Scot Johnston

      Get a VPN (virtual private network). There are a couple of good ones for android devices. Then you can watch iplayer from anywhere in the world.

    • SeekTruthFromFacts

      Because if the BBC allowed subscribers outside the UK their costs would rise vastly. Instead of buying the UK rights for foreign TV shows and for music (e.g. in the background of dramas) they would have to buy the worldwide rights. They would also risk losing the very substantial amounts of money they get from selling their own programmes to TV stations in other countries. These two things would cost them hundreds of millions of pounds, so you'd need millions of foreign iPlayer subscribers to make it work. That's a huge risk for something that's not part of their core public service remit.

  • paul

    Reasons for bad reviews is because we want download function like iphone and ipad. Also you'll find Outlook app probably has the most one star reviews in google play