BBC iPlayer to be blocked on some devices next month - check if yours is effected
12.02.2024 - 20:03
Those who use the BBC iPlayer are about to see a dramatic change that will affect how they can watch shows on demand while offline.
The streaming service allows viewers to download its available content to watch on devices with no internet connection, making it an ideal option for long travel journeys. This is currently available on all smartphones, tablets and laptops, but this is set to change from next month.
This viewing option will soon no longer be available on Windows PCs and Apple MacBooks, the BBC has confirmed. New users on these devices have already been blocked from downloading the iPlayer Downloads app and this will apply to existing ones from Monday, March 11.
"We have started the process of closing the BBC iPlayer Downloads application for PC and Mac. You can still download your favourite programmes using the iPlayer mobile/tablet app," the BBC said a website post.
Existing downloads will be available until April 8, but will no longer work after this date, the Express reports. The reason for ending certain laptop use has not been confirmed, but it could be that the feature is not being used enough.
From next March, BBC iPlayer Downloads will no longer be available on the following devices:
The BBC's decision is proving unpopular with those who are currently accessing iPlayer on their PC, who have been left dismayed by the move.
One user named Jo said: "BBC iPlayer downloads has been my lifeline. My internet is super unreliable, I don't have a tablet and my phone screen is tiny, I don't wanna watch Sherlock on that."
Here's the full timeline of the closure of this service
Don't forget, you can still use devices such as iPhones, Galaxy smartphones and iPads to download shows. Just launch the iPlayer app then tap