About BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer is our free service that lets you catch up with radio and television programmes from the past week. If you are in the UK and connected to the internet you can:

View and listen to programmes (including HD programmes) from the previous seven days instantly. You can either watch or listen to a current show as it is transmitted live or catch up with a programme after broadcast - normally up to seven days, though due to rights reasons some programmes, such as Crimewatch, have a shorter availabilty. 

There are many ways to access BBC iPlayer – visit Where to get BBC iPlayer for information on certified devices.

Download a programme onto your computer or other compatible device to play later. You can install BBC iPlayer Desktop on a computer, which allows you to manage downloads easily or use the Windows Media Player options that are available. TV Programmes can be kept for up to 30 days (rights dependant) before expiring. 

Listen to a radio programme from the past seven days or to a current radio broadcast as it is transmitted live. The option of a pop-out player allows you to continue listening while you browse other web pages.

You can also access BBC iPlayer on certain mobile phones and tablet devices.

Programmes are made available as soon as possible after transmission – but please note that for technical reasons some programmes may not appear on the site for several hours and due to rights restrictions some programmes, such as Match of the Day, are not available.

If you have any more questions about BBC iPlayer the following categories may help; otherwise try typing your question or related key words into the search box (on the right of this page):

Find out more about:

Programme availability      Outside the UK      Using BBC iPlayer      Downloading  

You could also try an active messageboard, where users raise, discuss and advise on postings. Our FAQ; Where can I go to discuss BBC iPlayer lists active messageboards. 

If you want to report a fault, read this FAQ for further information 


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