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Mobile downloading enabled for BBC iPlayer

Watching your favourite BBC shows on the move just became a good deal easier, thanks to the iPlayer’s newly-launched download function for mobile devices.

Before now, users could only stream programmes from their phones and tablets, leaving you at the mercy of poor signal and network interruptions that constantly threaten to disrupt your viewing. But from today, license-fee payers will be able to download shows for unhindered later viewing - as has been available on the iPlayer’s desktop version.

Programmes can be saved for up to 30 days, but once the user hits play, they have to finish watching it within a week. The feature has already been rolled out on Apple’s i-devices, with Android availability coming “soon”.

Pointing out the virtues of the new roll out, as well as range of transport modes where one can carry a mobile device, the BBC’s Daniel Danker commented, "With mobile downloads for BBC iPlayer, you can now load up your mobile phone or tablet with hours and hours of BBC television 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."

(opens in new tab)According to the BBC, there were 30 million requests for iPlayer programmes via a mobile or tablet during last month alone. Such wide-usage has seen the TV corporation invest heavily in its mobile presence of late, as a recent update to the iPlayer’s iOS app brought support for the high-resolution Retina graphics (opens in new tab) on the displays of Apple devices. A dedicated Olympics app was also launched this summer (opens in new tab) on iOS and Android.

Will began working life as a technology journalist at ITProPortal as Senior Staff Writer. He's worked as a Copywriter, then Creative Lead across video, social, email, web and print. He is currently a Senior Content Strategist at Zone.