BBC iPlayer on Chromecast

BBC iPlayer now works with Chromecast!

If you have Chromecast installed, you can control what BBC programmes to cast to your Chromecast connected TV in the following ways:

• The BBC iPlayer Android app (Google are working towards supporting Kindle Fire devices)

• The BBC Media Player Android app (when playing content from the BBC iPlayer app)

• The BBC iPlayer iOS app (on version 6 of iOS and above - note that this means the iPad 1 is not supported)

• Desktop or laptop browser (Chrome with the Chromecast extension enabled)

Casting from BBC iPlayer

When you cast from BBC iPlayer, what you are actually doing is sending an instruction from iPlayer over your Wi-Fi network to the Chromecast dongle connected to your TV to fetch a particular programme directly from iPlayer.

You will not be streaming the programme through your Android/iOS device or computer, so once you've casted you can continue to use your devices for other uses (browser users should not close their tab), but you'll need to select the cast icon from within the iPlayer app to either resume control or disconnect.

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As Chromecast is streaming programmes directly from iPlayer, downloads are not supported. If you try to cast a downloaded programme, iPlayer will check if that programme is still available to stream. If it is, it will stream the programme to the Chromecast dongle. If the downloaded programme is no longer available to stream, you will get an error.

How to Cast - BBC iPlayer App

  • Your device needs to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the Chromecast dongle
  • Ensure you have the latest version of the BBC iPlayer app installed
  • If you are trying to cast from BBC Media Player, ensure that you have the latest version of BBC Media Player installed
  • Once your device detects Chromecast the cast icon will be displayed within the app
  • Once the app connects to Chromecast the cast icon will turn blue
  • From any programme page, select the cast icon
  • Chromecast will connect to iPlayer and start playback 
  • If you encounter connections issues with iPlayer through your Chromecast device visit the following FAQ: I cannot connect to my Chromecast device from iPlayer. However, other applications work?


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How to Cast – Desktop or Laptop browser

  • Your desktop or laptop needs to be connected to the same network as the Chromecast dongle
  • Ensure you have the Chrome browser open with the Chromecast extension enabled
  • Select any TV programme (live BBC TV channels are not available to cast from a web browser) on www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer (New preview version of iPlayer only)
  • After you have clicked to play a programme, select the cast icon located in the control bar
  • Chromecast will connect to iPlayer and start playback 
  • If you encounter connections issues with iPlayer through your Chromecast device visit the following FAQ: I cannot connect to my Chromecast device from iPlayer. However, other applications work?

     

    • Chromecast Play

      Once a programmes starts to play on Chromecast, we'll provide the best quality version (all the way up to HD) based on your broadband connection. If your internet connection drops or other devices start to use the same network connection, the quality version will change automatically so playback will not be interrupted. Radio is not currently supported.


How to control playback

Playback and volume controls are operated from the app or browser. If you've navigated away, app users will need to select the cast icon to bring up the cast menu, then select "Control Cast".


Subtitles

Subtitles are supported but are currently only available in black and white on Chromecast.

There is a known issue where the subtitles button is displayed when casting even when subtitles are not available. This will be fixed in the next release of BBC iPlayer. 


Issues/limitations

We're working with our service partner to resolve:

If you are casting from a desktop or laptop browser and your computer goes into sleep mode, the connection to Chromecast will be lost. The programme will continue to play but you will not be able to control playback from the browser. You can still use the BBC iPlayer app on a smartphone or tablet to control the programme.   

  • Android devices are currently unable to connect to a Chromecast session started from a desktop or laptop browser.

Known limitations:

  • Casting Live streams is not currently supported from a desktop or laptop browser.  
  • If you close, navigate away from or refresh the BBC iPlayer page in your web browser, the connection to Chromecast will be lost. The programme will continue to play but you will not be able to control playback from the browser. You can still use the BBC iPlayer app on a smartphone or tablet to control the programme.   
  • Chromecast sessions started from a web browser can be controlled by the BBC iPlayer app on a smartphone or tablet. However, if the session is started from a smartphone or tablet, the web browser cannot be used to control the session.   
  • If you have started a Chromecast session from your desktop or laptop browser and then select a different programme from the BBC iPlayer app on your smartphone or tablet, the page in your web browser won’t change to reflect the new programme. It will simply pause at the point where the original programme was stopped.
  • Some Windows users may be able to connect to the Chromecast dongle from the browser, but unable to see the Cast icon in iPlayer. This may be caused by anti-virus or firewall software interfering with your computer's connection to the dongle. Google provide advice on this issue via their Chomecast Help Site.


To find out more about BBC iPlayer on Chromecast read the latest blog by Chris Yanda, Executive Product Manager for Mobile Platforms.


Useful Links

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