Mobile app of the day: BBC iPlayer

The BBC's iPlayer is a very popular app for smartphone owners. With catch-up TV now pretty much the established way of viewing for many of us, being able to stream TV over Wi-Fi or your data connection to your phone is a great ability to have. You might also be able to download for viewing later – though not every smartphone supports that feature, and Android users might want to check on compatibility before they download to avoid any potential disappointment.

Pleasant as it is, that's not really the reason the BBC iPlayer is app of the day. The reason is that it has just added support for Chromecast – which is Google's new dongle that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV and can then stream data to it.

Your phone initiates the connection, but the data itself bypasses your phone (or tablet or laptop) and comes over your Wi-Fi network directly to the Chromecast. That means you've got access to "BBC TV on demand," but your phone doesn't hold up streaming by sitting in between your router and the Chromecast dongle. The iPlayer app is free, although a Chromecast will set you back £30.

Click here to download BBC iPlayer for Android, or here for iOS.

Product: BBC iPlayer

OS: Android, iOS

Price: Free