BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer (stylised as iPLAYER and previously stylized as BBC iPLAYER) is a video on demand service from the BBC. The service is available on a wide range of devices, including mobile phones and tablets, personal computers and smart televisions. iPlayer services delivered to UK-based viewers feature no commercial advertising. The terms BBC iPlayer, iPlayer, and BBC Media Player refer to various methods of viewing or listening to the same content. Viewing or recording live television broadcasts from any UK broadcaster or viewing BBC TV catch-up or BBC TV on-demand programmes in the UK without a TV licence is a criminal offence.[2]

BBC iPlayer
Developer(s)BBC
Initial release25 December 2007; 14 years ago (2007-12-25)
Stable release
3.2.15 / 13 July 2012; 10 years ago (2012-07-13) Windows standalone application, no longer developed, instead it runs on any supported web browser
Written inJavaScript, Adobe AIR, Objective-C, Java
PlatformWindows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, Virgin Media (Streaming only), Freesat (beta), Sky Go (part of On Demand service), Sky TV, BT TV (part of On Demand service), Now TV, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Windows Phone 8, YouView, Wii (discontinued on February 10, 2015), Wii U (discontinued in January 2017)
Available inEnglish, Welsh, Scottish Gaelic,[1] Irish
TypeMedia player software
LicenceAll BBC iPlayer applications are proprietarily-licensed and its usage requires regular TV licence payments and a BBC account assigned to valid TV licence number
Websitewww.bbc.co.uk/iplayer

In 2015, the BBC reported that it was moving towards playing audio and video content via open HTML5 standards in web browsers rather than via Flash or its Media Player mobile app.[3]

On 17 October 2018, the BBC iPlayer Radio brand was replaced with BBC Sounds.[4]

In 2019, the BBC improved the format quality, taking the highest available on iPlayer to 1080p (full HD) from 720p (standard HD).

On 20 October 2021, the BBC announced that BBC iPlayer would be given a new logo which would involve being rebranded as "iPLAYER".


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