BBC iPlayer

The BBC did indeed build the functionality into a recent update

We recently heard from some folks who'd been digging through the BBC iPlayer app that Chromecast support had been built in ahead of a launch in the UK. Turns out that was indeed correct, and as of today the app is 100% ready to cast. After opening it up you may find you need to wait a minute, or even relaunch the app – as I had to – in order to kickstart things.

But once things are set you'll see the standard Chromecast icon across the top of the apps main interface. Getting things from device to TV are simple, though you need to connect the app to the TV first. Tap on the Chromecast icon, select which room you want to pair to, and you're done.

From there, just go ahead and select what you want to watch and let everything else work its magic. I've been playing around with it for a little while now and am really happy with it. It's pretty quick to start playing, the video quality is good and you can even mute the video from the notification tray on your Android device. Pretty slick.

All you need is the current version of the BBC iPlayer app which you'll find at the Play Store link up top.

 
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Apparently, if you have a US imported Chromecast, you must do a factory reset so that the region changes to GB. If you don't do this, you won't see the cast option.

Not verified but I will try on my 2 imports later.

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Not true. I bought my Chromecast in New York and it worked just fine.

brendilon says:

It's not that it's not true, it's that it's not necessarily true.

One if mine worked, one needed a reset. So it's MAY be true

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leobloom says:

Had to factory reset mine, iPlayer now picks up my Chromecast. However now experiencing 'Session Error' when trying to cast.

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eyesparky says:

Mine just worked without reset.

seanjenkins says:

Does it default to hd? Other iplayer apps on boxes give you the option

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I'd like to know if this will cast live BBC programming or is it only catchup? I'll find out tonight anyway.

eahinrichsen says:

I would assume that it only does catchup. I live in the US, so I'm not speaking from experience, but Chromecast can't even stream live YouTube broadcasts, so I wouldn't count on it.

eyesparky says:

It seems to work fine.

Taz89 says:

Does anyone know if this basically streams off the BBC iplayer app on Android or Chromecast gets the stream from elsewhere

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seanjenkins says:

Yes, my question above is related to that. If it asks the chromecast to stream the same video as the app would then hd is out of the question

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Nuuki says:

The BBC posted a nice blog post this morning which covers how the stream handles video quality. It's at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/internet/posts/BBC-iPlayer-apps-on-Chromecast

The upshot is that it does do HD, and sounds like it will be more convenient than the way the player normally handles it.

I just tried it! Works fine but you have to keep the app open otherwise you will not be able to pause or control the volume - guess this is just a temporary bug for now and should be fixed in the next update. But if you do close the app the controls will not work (for me anyhow on a few devices) and will just sit in the notification panel - pressing them just crashes the app and will not interfere with the playback in your chromecast

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You can pause from the notification tray on your device. Can also mute the volume from there.

seanjenkins says:

Thank you for the info. Appreciate it

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Hopefully ITVPlayer, 4od and Demand5 will follow suit! My Sony TV only has iPlayer/Demand5 built in, I'd love to be able to watch 4od on a nice big 40" screen!! :)

valmorel says:

Get nothing but errors on mine!

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valmorel says:

Tried factory reset and reinstalling apps. No joy. It works just fine with Google play and pocketcasts though.

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I have an imported chrome cast and the cast tab appeared as soon as I opened the app. I didn't have to reset it. It is casting in HD.

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It also works on my ipad via chromecast.

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charlas says:

Worked first time for live and catchup on my import, and noticed now that in the Chromecast settings app we have 'real' time now, select 24hr clock output, thank fek for that, hate the US insistence on using kids clocks.

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valmorel says:

Got it. Had to set chromecast to UK

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someguy01234 says:

Outside UK: VPN + BBC F1 Hightlights + Chromecast + HD TV = ?

Error message

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Mighty_Red says:

Great news, maybe we will start to see some great stuff come out for it now, maybe Google I/O will provide the next big leap in functionality.

saltyzip says:

Works great for me on my US Chromecast imports, thanks BBC :-)

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