THE BRITISH BROADCASING CORPORATION (BBC) has announced an updated Iplayer app for IOS that lets users watch their favourite shows offline.
BBC Iplayer 2.0 comes with a new feature that enables users to download TV shows onto their Iphone or Ipad tablet. The feature is available at no extra charge to licence fee payers in the UK, and the only restriction is that shows can only be downloaded over a WiFi connection.
The BBC's David Madden explains, "With the launch of mobile downloads for Iplayer, on-the-go viewing is transformed.
"For the first time, you can watch BBC programmes on your phone or tablet even if you don't have a WiFi connection or 3G signal. You can download multiple programmes to your device and store them for 30 days. Once you've pressed play you can keep watching for seven more days.
"Why not take your favourite shows with you when you go on holiday? You could watch them on the plane, on the beach, anywhere you want."
We gave the updated BBC Iplayer app a spin, and we were pretty impressed. An episode of Eastenders took around three minutes to download, and once we'd disconnected from 3G or WiFi, the show played without any hiccups on our Iphone.
The updated BBC Iplayer app is available to download for free from the Itunes Store and is compatible with devices running IOS 5.1 and above. The Beeb also told us that it will be bringing the feature to Android phones and tablets soon, although there was no mention of an Iplayer app for Blackberry or Windows Phone. µ