BBC iPlayer shows to be available to download to mobile devices

iplayer_ipad_app2 Last week, UK Nova, a popular resource for downloading the latest British TV shows, was closed down following some legal pressure. Today, the BBC have announced that their iPlayer service will be improved very shortly, allowing users to download shows to their mobile devices.

Previously, iPlayer content could only be downloaded to an unwieldy computer or laptop before being watched offline at the user's leisure. But NO LONGER. From Tuesday, you'll be able to download classic shows like Doctors and Pointless to your iPhone or iPad, with an equivalent Android app on its way in the not-too-distant future.

Daniel Danker, the BBC's general manager of on-demand programmes, said: "This fundamentally changes one of the most annoying restrictions about viewing programmes. It means audiences are liberated from the constraints [of online-only viewing] and it fundamentally changes what it means to go on holiday."

Warming to his theme, Danker said even more, adding: "With mobile downloads, you can now load up your mobile phone or tablet with hours and hours of BBC programmes, then watch them on the road, on the tube, on a plane, without worrying about having an internet connection or running up a mobile data bill."

Your device will need to be in range of a wi-fi connection in order to download shows, but 3G capabilities are said to be coming soon. You can stop being excited in about three minutes

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  • Shaun
    You've been able to officially download to a select bunch of Nokia Symbian phones for a number of years already...up until recently when the BBC dropped support for Symbian. It was never very good as the files were DRMd, time locked and the BBC were very slow at adding new models of Nokia phones so users of an N95 were fine but any Symbian phone from the last couple of years might have been out of luck. Nice to see the iPhone and Android catching up. Shame on the BBC that you need an app for it though.

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