THE BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION (BBC) announced that it has added video downloads to its Android iPlayer app on Thursday, meaning that Android users can download shows to watch offline.
The Android app's new download feature, which arrived on the BBC iPlayer iOS app almost a year ago to the day, means that users can download shows such as Eastenders and Dr Who, and store them for up to 30 days, with seven days to watch it once they hit play.
Once a show is downloaded it will be available to watch offline, and getting one-up on the iOS version, Android users will be able to download programmes in the background, the BBC said. The BBC also said that Android tablet owners will be able to download shows in High Quality to make better use of their device's large screen.
BBC senior product manager David Berlin said, "I'm really pleased that we are now able to deliver video playback quality parity with Apple iOS devices, support the full range of Android screen sizes, including tablet support and, as of today enable mobile TV download functionality to Android devices."
BBC iPlayer downloads will be supported on a number of devices from launch. These are the Amazon Kindle 8.9, both new and old Nexus 7 tablets, Nexus 10, Nexus 4, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S2, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and the Sony Xperia Z.
The BBC said that other devices will be added in the near future, with "most devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich" set to benefit from the update.
Tags: Digital Media
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