Description of BBC iPlayer

Features include:

– Watch live TV
– Catch up on the past 30 days
– Watch on Wi-Fi and cellular networks
– Download TV programmes to watch later
– Browse Categories and Channels
– Cast content to your TV using Chromecast
– Share your added programmes across devices with your BBCaccount


We’ve developed the BBC Media Player app to improve video streamingplayback on Android devices. You’ll need to install this separatelyfrom the Google Play Store.

To make installation of the BBC Media Player as easy as possible,BBC iPlayer will prompt you to install it when you first play astreamed programme.

The BBC iPlayer app uses standard Android app permissions that aredefined by the Google Android platform. The permissions the BBCiPlayer Android app asks to use are:


“Read the contents of your USB storage” & “Modify or delete thecontents of your USB storage”
This permission is used to store downloaded programmes. Theapplication must be able to write, read and delete thesefiles.

Device ID & Call Information

“Read phone status and identity”
This permission is used to read the Android “Device ID”. This is ananonymous ID that cannot be used to identify the user and is notused to track the user. It is used by iPlayer’s content protectionsystem to ensure that downloaded programmes can only be played onthe device that downloaded them. iPlayer does not use thispermission to determine the device phone number, whether a call isactive, or the remote number in a connected call.

Other permissions (not explicitly mentioned when installing BBCiPlayer, as they are more general to most apps):

“Prevent phone from sleeping”
This permission is used by two features: Downloads &Chromecast.
While downloading a programme, the application prevents the systemfrom sleeping when the device is locked, so the download cancontinue. This is only active while a download is inprogress.

While “casting” a programme to a compatible receiver like Google’sChromecast, the application stops the system from fully sleepingwhen the phone is locked. This stops the application losingconnection with the receiver so the phone can continue to controlplayback.

“Full network access”
iPlayer needs access to the internet to download programmes,schedules and information about programmes and configuration, andto send usage statistics.

“View network connections”
This permission lets iPlayer determine whether a network connectionis available before accessing the network, and provide better errormessages when it can’t retrieve data.

iPlayer also determines what type of network connection is in use(Wi-Fi or Cellular) for the Downloads feature. Downloads areenabled when connected to a Wi-Fi network. On a cellular network,downloads are disabled/paused.

“Test access to protected storage”
This allows the app to check if there is space on your device todownload programmes.

“Pair with Bluetooth devices”
This allows the app to stream audio via connected Bluetoothdevices.

To give you the best experience, certain details like your SearchHistory and Added programmes may be stored on your device orsecurely on BBC servers.

To analyse and improve the app, it also uses technologies similarto performance cookies used by the BBC. You can alter your settingsfor this on your device. For more information about this andprivacy, cookies and iPlayer more generally, visit the BBC iPlayerprivacy FAQ page at, or the BBC’sPrivacy & Cookies site at

The app was developed by Media AT (BBC Media ApplicationsTechnologies Limited) which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the BBC(British Broadcasting Corporation).
Full details of Media AT are available on the Companies Housewebsite at:

App Information of BBC iPlayer

App Name BBC iPlayer
Package Name
Rating 3.6 ( 105,880 )
Requirement Android 4.1 and up
Updated 2018-03-19
Installs 10,000,000 - 50,000,000

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