The BBC have only finally gone and introduced downloads to the BBC iPlayer app! Thank you @BBCiPlayer! This has been one of the most requested pieces of functionality in the history of Android applications (well, here in the UK at least!).
It’s something that I was able to do on my 5 year old “Plays for sure” MP3 device, and something that was introduced to the Apple iPlayer app a long time ago so it’s great to see it finally arrive.
This is good news and will mean my Nexus 7 (2013) will get plenty of extra use on my daily commute.
The new app promises the following:
- Watch BBC content on the way to work, on holiday with no buffering and no network connectivity errors
- Downloads can be kept for 30 days but they will expire 7 days after the 1st play
- Programmes can only be downloaded over WiFi
- Downloads will be available in “Standard” or “High Quality”
Android 4.3 Compatibility
The new version also introduces Android 4.3 compatibility which is great news to disapointed Nexus 7 (2013) owners who have been unable to install iPlayer on day one.
Here’s a full list of the updates:
- Android 4.3 support
- Other BBC apps (not sure what they mean by this?)
- Crash and bug fixes
So far this new functionality is limited to only a finite list of devices, but the good news is that both the Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 is supported so once again it’s a great day to be an owner of one of the pure Android devices! However further devices will be supported in the near future.
And thanks for the mention iPlayer Twitter guys:
— BBC iPlayer (@BBCiPlayer) September 5, 2013