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App of the Week - Review of the BBC iPlayer App (08-03-2012)


banner final 2.pngRecently we have seen an emergence of the Apps market. In the third quarter of 2011, more than 2.4 Billion Apps were downloaded. However are any of them any good?


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BBC iPlayer


Category: Media & Video

Price: Free

Size: 946kb



This App comes from a very reputable company, but is it worth downloading? Like the website, it is very simple to use and has a clear layout. Similar to the website, the navigation bar is very easy to use as well. Users can also add programmes to their favourite page, allowing downloader’s to catch-up to chosen programmes more conveniently. As an addition, one can also enjoy watching live BBC TV and Radio, ensuring you get the most out of your TV License. However, when used heavily it can drain the life out of your phone’s battery. Nevertheless, this allows you to catch up with the BBC programmes that you may have missed in the last seven days - hence being very convenient indeed. As expected, internet access is required.


The video streaming is of high quality as you would expect, however some programmes may take up to a minute to load (depending on the internet signal strength).


After downloading the App, I don’t see myself deleting it. Although telly on the go sounds fantastic, it’s not an App which you will find yourself using everyday.

I would rate the App 7 out of 10.




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Also if you used that app alot giffgaff would probably bar your data lol

I hate the bbc for this app - it needs flash, and therefore an armv7 processor Smiley Sad


I have a Blade / aka San Francisco and run an iplayer app.  I discovered it on the modaco website - I just altered the video to the lowest setting but its still very good.


I also use catchuptv via the opera browser on my mobile and can watch all the freeview channels

I am the matrix

to me i would use it most days as i dont pay for a tv licence so rely on as much internet non live tv as possible. I will be using the app often! And anyone that thinks you need a TV licence to own a tv/smart phone needs to get educated by looking on the tv licencings own website! 75% of people dont know the law regarding needing a TV licence. Im saving £145 a year :-) which easily pays for my broadband and subscription to netflix!

As you need a tablet to see the picture, it does not matter that it does not work on most phones. You will need wifi as well if you are going to use the ap for any length of time.

very good


 In the third quarter of 2011, more than 2.4 Billion Apps were downloaded


Really? Or was it just a few hundreds of Apps, with 2.4 billion downloads?

You can install flash on an android, I run froyo 2.2 on a zte blade.I have flash running with no probe. Jenson

agreed, IPlayer is a good app and I have used it when out and about, but not something which I'd use every day - not because of heavy data usage, but you can't really watch too much TV on a small screen too much can  you ? Smiley Happy