Reviewed in Anything awesome
Neat layout of the UI in this mobile version of the popular BBC television catchup service. Sometimes lags heavily and struggles to search without crashing on a bad day. The app require BBC media player to play videos. Nice feature that allows downloads of programmes in 720p HD (for supported devices) to watch while offline. Final verdict: good functionality but UI needs a refresh..
Features include: - Watch live TV
- Watch over Wi-Fi and cellular networks
- Download TV programmes to watch later (on devices running Android OS Ice Cream Sandwich and above)
- Scroll through and find Featured and Most Popular programmes
- Browse through the schedule for upcoming programmes
- Cast content to your TV using Chromecast
We have developed the BBC Media Player app to improve video streaming playback on Android devices. You will need to install this separately from the Google Play marketplace.
To make installation of the BBC Media Player as easy as possible, BBC iPlayer will prompt you to install it when you first play a streamed programme.
Here's a list of devices that are currently able to receive video downloads: http://iplayerhelp.external.bbc.co.uk/help/mobile_tablet/android_downloads_device
The BBC iPlayer app uses standard Android app permissions that are defined by the Google Android platform. The permissions the BBC iPlayer Android app asks to use are:
Read phone status and identity – allows us to securely link downloads to your device, so they cannot be copied to another.
Modify or delete the contents of your USB storage – allows the app to save images, metadata and downloads.
Full network access- allows the app to access the internet.
View network connections - Allows the app to access details about network connectivity i.e. whether the device is on Wi-Fi or 3G/4G.
Prevent phone from sleeping – enables downloads to be performed in the background.
Test access to protected storage – allows the app to check if there is space on your device to download programmes.