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BBC Launches Official Mobile iPlayer Beta Testing Program On Google Play

BBC iPlayer is Internet streaming's gift to the UK. The service is packed to the brim with British TV shows and documentaries, and the Android app offers a nice way to consume as much as you can.

And while you're at it, now you can get a taste of upcoming features as well. The BBC has launched an official beta testing program in the Play Store. It's open to anyone with a Google account and an Android device, as long as they live in the UK.

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BBC Releases New iPlayer Radio App Made Specifically For Tablets

Brits have been able to stream BBC audio content to the iPlayer Radio app for a couple of years now, as long as they're using a phone. Now the company has decided to spit out an alternative made just for tablets, and it's included a few new features to boot.


A tablet comes with a few inherent advantages over a phone, and this app taps into that for full effect. That large screen leaves users with controls for easily managing both live and on-demand content. It also allows more of the guide's information to fit on-screen at once. Things are viewable in both landscape and portrait mode, so you can hold your tablet however you wish.

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BBC iPlayer Updated With Offline Caching For 30 Days, Location Settings, And Bug Fixes

Here's one for UK folks—BBC iPlayer has been updated with some cool features just in time for the holidays. Should you find yourself without sufficient bandwidth, you can entertain yourself with your favorite programs offline for 30 days. You just need to download them to your device. As if we weren't already jealous enough of your iPlayer access.


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BBC iPlayer Users Can Now Download Videos On Any Android Device Running Android 4.0 Or Higher

Back in September, the BBC iPlayer jumped to version 2.0 and introduced the ability for users to download full episodes and store them for up to 30 days. At the time, the feature only worked on the eleven devices that the developers tested. Now it should work on any Android device running Ice Cream Sandwich or above.

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BBC iPlayer Gets Predicted Chromecast Support, But Users With Imported Chromecasts May Need To Factory Reset Before It'll Work

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.

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BBC iPlayer Updated To Version 1.7 With Tweaked User Interface, Support For 10" Tablets

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.

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BBC iPlayer Updated, Brings Support For 1080p Phones


For those unfamiliar, the BBC iPlayer allows our friends in the United Kingdom to watch live BBC programming on the go. Featured shows and up to seven days of previous content are also available for streaming. The application is incompatible with international devices, so don't bother paying the Play Store a visit if London is more than a couple hundred miles away from where you live. And the latest update to the app ushers in support for 1080p displays, allowing it to take advantage of the latest-gen handsets.

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The experience is also said to be "improved" for devices like the Galaxy S III, Nexus 4, and Note II.

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[New App] BBC iPlayer Radio Now Available On Android, Complete With Live Listening And On-Demand Downloads

The BBC iPlayer video application has been available to Android-totting Englishmen for some time, but the audio equivalent has sadly lagged behind. Today the app finally lands on Android, and it was worth the wait: BBC Licence Fee subscribers can listen to the various radio stations over WiFi or mobile Internet, and it even works when they travel abroad. Unfortunately, the service isn't available to international users at any price.

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The interface of iPlayer Radio is an interesting mix of Holo elements and unique ideas, particularly a station selector that apes an old-school rotary phone dialer. Once you've selected a radio station, you're presented information about the current track or show, along with the standard social sharing functions.

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BBC iPlayer Updated With Extra UI Polish, Jelly Bean 4.2 Support, And BBC Alba Channel

Today, the UK's public broadcasting service, the BBC, upgraded its mobile app for Android. The update brings improvements to the UI to bring the interface a bit more in line with Android's Holo guidelines. The new version also adds support for Jelly Bean 4.2, improved video streaming over WiFi, and a new content channel.

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Here's the full changelog:

What's in this version:

Many thanks for all of your feedback on our last update. Here’s what’s new in this release:
- We’ve polished up the design of the app
- Video performance over Wi-Fi has been improved(with more improvements still to come)
- Added Android 4.2 Jelly Bean support
- You’ll find a new channel - BBC Alba
As ever, let us know what you think @bbciplayer

Of course, the BBC iPlayer isn't available outside the UK, so international users need not excite themselves too much.

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BBC Launches BBC Media Player, Lets UK Android Users Go Flashless With iPlayer Content

When Adobe announced the end of Flash for Android, it had a particular impact in the UK, as it was the plugin of choice for BBC's iPlayer video streaming service. With Flash for Android now officially discontinued for devices that haven't installed it previously (and all Android 4.1 devices), this is obviously a problem.

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Thankfully, BBC wasn't horribly slow to respond, and has launched the BBC Media Player, which allows all BBC video content to be played back Flash-free. The reviews aren't 100% positive (the rating of the app sits at 3.2 right now), but the general consensus seems to be that it mostly works.

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