The Beeb has pushed out an update for its iOS iPlayer app which allows users to download programmes to their iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.
In other words, you’ll be able to watch downloaded programmes on the move without an Internet connection. TV shows can be downloaded at home on the Wi-Fi, to be watched when out and about later, without having to worry about streaming and your 3G data cap.
Or indeed, it’s now possible to watch programmes in remote areas where you can’t get a decent enough connection to stream video (or any connection at all, of course!).
The only small catch is that once you’ve started viewing a show, you have to finish watching it before a week is up, whereupon it vanishes. Programmes also only stay on your device for 30 days, even if you don’t begin watching them.
Daniel Danker, General Manager, Programmes and On-Demand for the BBC, 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.”
“Viewers have up to 30 days to begin watching a downloaded programme, so you can even fill up your device and take the BBC with you on holiday.”
While the mobile download option is only available to Apple users at the moment, the Android app is also slated to receive this functionality “soon,” the Beeb promises.