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Published on September 15th, 2012 | by Andrew Reynolds

BBC Allowing iPlayer Downloads to Mobile Devices

For those of you who view Doctor Who on the go or simple like to curl up in bed and watch TV programmes through your mobile or tablet device it’s good news!

The Guardian reports that the BBC are allowing free mobile iPlayer downloads, which means unlike other streaming services like Hulu and Netflix you’ll be able to download the latest episodes to tablets and mobile phones for convenient offline viewing.

The download capability should already be available on the iOS version of the iPlayer app with an Android version to follow soon.

An episode can be kept on the device for up to thirty days unwatched and seven days after it has been viewed.

The download will be available to watch abroad too so you can load up your iPad or iPhone with TV to watch while on holiday.

An exciting, convienent way to stay up to speed with the latest series or just another way in which audience are fragmenting away from the ‘shared experience’ of watching a programme as its broadcast.

What do you think? Have you used this feature yet, or do you have any plans to?


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

3 Responses to BBC Allowing iPlayer Downloads to Mobile Devices

  1. avatar Ryan Gross says:

    I’ve already verb using this function and it’s great. I usually work Saturday nights, so I usually miss Who on broadcast. Plus I don’t have the Internet at home, so catching up on iplayer is out. So I find it useful to download the episode at a wifi location and watch whenever I have the time, which is usually on the tube or bus.

  2. avatar Ian Palmer says:

    Of course I’ve been able to do this for my Archos 605 for sometime, albeit via PC link. I used to also be able to download from iPlayer for my old Windows Mobile 6.5 phone. But I guess this is progress?!

    • You’ll have trouble getting iPlayer on an old WM phone now Ian, since the BBC changed the stream, but I get your point :)

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