Going abroad? Boarding a plane? You can now take BBC content with you anywhere you go, with the BBC iPlayer’s new download feature. Up until now, you could only stream content on iPlayer, requiring a Wi-Fi or 3G connection at all times. With the new feature, you can choose which content you want to download to your device, and watch it without any connection, no matter where you are in the world.
The new feature is currently rolling out for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, but according to the BBC, will also come to Android devices “soon”. While you don’t need any kind of connection to watch downloaded content, a Wi-Fi connection is required for the download process itself. You can queue content for download through the app, and start the download once a connection is available.
Downloading content through iPlayer is free, but some restrictions do apply: Once you download a show, it will only be available on your device for 30 days, and once you hit play for the first time, you only have 7 days to finish watching what you started. However, you can download as many programs as you’d like, enough for a long flight or a holiday in the mountains. Even if connection is available, the BBC iPlayer is not available worldwide, but if you download content to your phone or tablet, you can watch it no matter where in the world you are.
Do you plan to use the new download feature? What do you think about it?