Mobile downloads added to BBC iPlayerDownloaded shows can be viewed on portable devices

11 October 2008

A screenshot of the BBC iplayer

New iPlayer service from the BBC

BBC iPlayer TV programmes can now be downloaded to a range of portable media players for viewing on the move.

iPlayer downloads can be played on mobile gadgets supporting Windows Media digital rights management (Windows DRM).

Compatible devices include the Nokia N96 mobile phone, Sony Walkman E and S series and Archos' Internet Media Tablet.

You can find out more about the BBC iPlayer in our Which? guide to TV over broadband.

Downloaded content

To add downloaded content to a mobile device, viewers can choose a ‘Download for media players' option when using the BBC iPlayer.

Content can then be downloaded directly onto an internet capable device or onto a viewer’s PC before being side-loaded on to a compatible portable media player.

Not all portable media devices support Windows DRM files. The Apple iPod and iPhone do not support Windows DRM and cannot play downloaded programmes. But some BBC programmes are available as paid-for content from iTunes and iPhone users can be watched streamed BBC TV when connecting by broadband in a Wi-Fi area.

Compatible devices

To find out if your mobile device can play BBC iPlayer programmes, check the manufacturer’s manual. You can also find a non-exhaustive list of compatible devices on the BBC website.

The Windows Media DRM-protected TV shows join DRM-free radio programmes and pod casts among the BBC's download offerings.

To download content to a PC, users need to be running Windows XP or Vista on their computer.

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