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.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Funem

    Its always had 4.3 support, if you had it installed before you updated your Nexus 7 2012 to 4.3 it would still work, but you couldn't remove and reinstall it as they put a limit of 4.2 on the install from the play store. I also had a copy running on my Nexus 2013 running 4.3 before the update.

  • TechGuy

    Amazed it does not work on the Note or Note 2.

    • Primalxconvoy

      Sideload it and it'll probably work the previous  worked fine on my note 2

      • TechGuy

        It installs and runs fine except that it does NOT offer the download option.

        You obviously haven't tried a download on a Note/Note2 with the new version.

  • podycust

    Note downloads are only available on a handful of devices!

  • Jason Bailey

    so you can stream on cellular but not download? Seems kinda dumb

  • Fred

    Shame they were too lazy to explain the new permissions in the play store description.

  • Primalxconvoy

    " That's right, the BBC iPlayer doesn't work in any other countries."

    Unless you use a vpn or dns service like "unblockus".

    It works fine in Japan.

    And although i haven't tried the recent update, it works fine before on my note 2 and ouya.

  • Stylus_XL

    I'd love to see a list of the Android devices this app is compatible with - I've used it with a Nexus 10 and new Nexus 7 and both were rejected.

    • Funem

      I have it on my new Nexus 7 and it runs fine