BBC iPlayer will allow video downloads to smartphones and tablets, coming to iOS first

BBC iPlayer for iPhone

The BBC has been aggressive in bringing its iPlayer video service to mobile devices, and it looks like a new level of functionality is arriving: video downloads. The Guardian reports that subscribers to the iPlayer service will now be allowed to download video content to their smartphones and tablets for viewing at no additional cost. The feature is said to be coming to the iPhone and iPad starting tomorrow, with the capability arriving on Android devices in the “near future.”

The iPlayer mobile apps had previously allowed streaming alone. The BBC’s general manager of on-demand programs, Daniel Danker, told The Guardian that the new capability “fundamentally changes one of the most annoying restrictions about viewing programmes.”…

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