The BBC iPlayer has made the jump to version 2.0, and while it may not have that long of a change log, the features it introduces are big ones. For starters, the app now supports full downloads. Users can download TV shows for free and keep them on their devices for up to 30 days. Just keep in mind that they will expire a week after first being viewed. Users can only download via a WiFi connection, but they have the choice between standard and high quality video.


Support for Android 4.3 doesn't affect that many devices on the market just yet, but considering the release of the new Nexus 7, this is a big deal for those tablet owners who want to use it to consume their favorite BBC content. But since the Nexus 7 only recently launched in the UK, they haven't had to deal with too long of a wait. That's right, the BBC iPlayer doesn't work in any other countries.

What's new:

  • 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

If you live in the UK, this content is all available for free, as is the app below.