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With the discontinuation of Adobe Flash for Android, the BBC has had to look elsewhere for a video streaming solution on the platform. Its iPlayer media streaming service is heavily reliant on the desktop, and when Flash launched on Android in 2010, it was at the heart of the mobile iPlayer experience, too.

Today sees the corporation take its first steps into the post-Flash world, with the launch of its own stand-alone Media Player add-on for Android. The BBC Media Player can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, and it springs into life whenever BBC video content needs to be played, for example through the iPlayer mobile site. There's still some way left to go before the BBC's new home-grown app takes over all video-playing duties on Android. The iPlayer mobile app is still unsupported on Jelly Bean, and the BBC news and sports websites still default to Flash for playback (although the BBC says it's working to more closely integrate the new player with all its multimedia content). Nevertheless, being able to run iPlayer content on the web without sideloading Flash is an important first step.

If you're in the UK, you can grab the BBC Media Player app for free from the Google Play button above.


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The Beeb moves beyond Flash with BBC Media Player for Android


So what is the reason that on the iPad they have the BBC player where I as a Swede can subscribe and look at tons of BBC shows while not having the same offer on Android? It's been that way now for quite some time ....

As far as I know not via the Android app. The iPad BBC iPlayer App has support for non-UK subscribers so I don't know why they can't update the Android-version too.

I wish we in the states could get the BBC player. Or a BBC America player. Or get the latest episodes of Doctor Who and Top Gear off Google Play like AMC programming. Yes I know Amazon Instant is an option.

Did you not actually read the BBC press release at all?

They have said today that a new iplayer app for Android will be released NEXT WEEK and it will support JellyBean. And it uses Adobe air :(

@False Aesop maybe you should have a look at tunnelbear...

A new iPlayer that will use this newly released media player. That's beside the topic in the article though, so I don't see why you're making such a fuss.

This new media player is a step in the right direction when it comes to future proofing, but it still has the same issues that the BBC iPlayer app has always had. Number one being that you can't turn the screen off while something is playing, or it will stop playing. Number two being that it won't play in the background for radio.

It's supported and works fine on Jelly Bean. Quality seemed OK to me and subtitles worked. Very basic at the moment but I look forward to seeing the improvements over time.