BBC Pilots ‘iPlayer’ for iPad in Select European Countries

The British Broadcasting Corporation announced the release of a global version of its iPlayer iPad app in a handful of European markets today. Available in 11 countries to start, BBC iPlayer offers on-demand streaming of several shows in BBC’s line-up of current and classic programs including East Enders, Top Gear, Doctor Who and more.

The app’s features include the following:

  • Watch live TV – Listen to live radio – Scroll through and find Featured and Most Popular programmes
  • Add programmes to your favourites and have them ready and waiting when a new episode or series is available
  • Drag and drop programmes to Favourites with one easy move
  • Browse through the schedule for upcoming programmes

The app itself is free to download while access to programming is by paid subscription only, priced at €6.99 per month or €49.99 for one year. BBC iPlayer is available in the App Stores in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. The Guardian reports that the app and subscription service will be available in the U.S. later this year.

Note: AppShopper only shows apps available in the U.S. App Store for the moment so you won’t find this new BBC iPlayer app here. However, here’s a link to it in the UK App Store.



They (the BBC) should be paying us a subscription for airing such terrible shows like Eastenders & Holby City.


It doesn’t work on the British BBC iPlayer app, just tried it from Spain, just gives you a message saying it’s not available to you because it’s only for people in UK. So they haven’t activated it or sorted themselves out at the BBC!


anything that gives access to Dr. Who or Torchwood has my support. Bring it to the US!


BBC = British Broadcasting Corporation

The British Broadcasting Company was dissolved in 1926, and as far as I know hadn’t published any Apps at the time.

Marianne Schultz

@Gordon – thanks for catching that. It was a reflex for me to type Company instead of Corporation for some reason. Fixed.

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