For our readers across the pond, BBC iPlayer takes some of the network's shows and provides them for easy viewing on Android devices. What about the TV? The latest version of the app has that covered too. This would be a surprise, but we already spilled the beans on this release a few days ago. We knew this update was to coincide with the launch of Chromecasts in the UK on March 19th, and now it's here.


A reader has reported to us that casting may not work on imported Chromecasts until they've first been factory reset. This will then change them from "US" to "GB." Afterwards, the cast button should appear.

What's new:

  • We've added support for Chromecast! Connecting a Chromecast HDMI dongle to your television will allow you to send, or ‘cast’, a programme from BBC iPlayer on your mobile to your TV. Sit back and enjoy your favourite BBC programmes on the big screen.
  • We've also included a number of bug fixes.
  • As always please feedback any comments to @bbciplayer

Thanks, James Kimbley and Andrew Jones-McGuire!

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.

  • Thomas

    My locale automatically changed to danish for me, but I think they pushed an update as well.

  • skinnysprinter

    Stilll requires you install BBC media player though.

  • Imh

    There was no need to factory reset when I used it this morning... The chromecast did update as it powered up though...

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  • Brro

    how do I make my chromecast gb?

    • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

      I just Factory Reset mine and it changed itself from US to GB

      • h4rr4r

        Will that work if you are in the US?

        • Roh_Mish


          • h4rr4r

            Stupid BBC, let me pay the damn TV tax already.

  • Derp

    Did the factory reset and chose UK as the region, country code now "GB" and firmware 16278 via the osx management app.

    Still no "cast" icon in iplayer that I can see. The chromecast extension menu only offers to cast the whole tab.

    • Todd Yates

      It's only on the mobile apps right now.

  • Simon Berry

    Will do this when I get home, it was flaky this morning, occasionally the icon would appear, but mostly not.

  • The Maverick

    Would love the ability to chrome cast from the iPlayer website like YouTube/Netflix

    • Roh_Mish

      YouTube and Netflix already support this

  • Todd Yates

    For those looking to cast from desktop Chrome, the BBC blog says this is coming soon: "Today we've added support to the latest versions of both the Android and iOS versions of BBC iPlayer. Soon, we will also be adding support for the Chrome web browser on Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS desktop and laptop computers for the new web version of iPlayer." Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/internet/posts/BBC-iPlayer-apps-on-Chromecast

    • Andy

      Cast button appears in ios iplayer the loading screen shows the programme picture but but 'an error' occurs. I hard reset and changed to GB from US but the error still occurs :(

  • KathyJN

    I can use the iPlayer with a VPN in the U.S. on my Nexus 7 tablet. I have a Chromecast, but the icon to cast doesn't show up on my iPlayer app (which is the latest version). Is there anything a U.S.-based user can do to cast to a U.S. Chromecast? Has anyone been able to do this?

  • FlexiPack

    Great that iPlayer support is already here. Anyone heard when/if 4od, ITV, Channel 5 will follow suit?

  • Martin

    No need to reset my imported Chromecast and the iplayer app works perfectly. So much easier to use iplayer from my phone than the set top box or TV app. This is the future!! lol

  • Curious

    Many want to go US to xx!

    How about xx to US?

  • Brad_Zoom

    Thanks so much...factory reset was needed for me, before this it read "service unavailable" magic.

  • Alan

    Not working for me, keep getting a session error despite factory resetting and a reboot :-(

    • Mark Taylor

      iPlayer was down altogether for most of last night, so that might not have been a Chromecast issue!

      • Alan

        Streaming of the phone was OK, it just wouldn't cast. Tried again just now and same issue :-(

        • Alan

          OK seems like problem solved now! It needed about 10 reboots but finally the firmware updated to build 16041 & that seems to have sorted the 'session error' issue :-)

  • Toby

    If you use BT HomeHub 4 or 5 you may need to turn off Smart Setup. See http://bt.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/44328/~/switching-smart-setup-on-and-off-on-the-bt-home-hub-4-or-hub-5
    This worked for me.

    • Alan

      Sadly not using a HomeHub so not an option.

  • Mark

    Anyone worked out how to make the iplayer chromecast work in the USA yet? When I try I get iplayer up on TV screen but when I try to actually play anything I get an error and does not play. Am casting from an iPad, I access iplayer via VPN through iPad

    Frustrating to get close but not work!