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BBC Media Player updated with Android 4.3 support

A heads-up for newly-upgraded Android 4.3 users in the UK — the BBC Media Player app has been updated with support for the latest version of Google's OS. Previously, users who'd upgraded to 4.3 after downloading the player would've been able to continue using it, but if you tried to download it from Google Play using a 4.3 device you'd be out of luck. (The same applies to the BBC iPlayer app, as it happens.)

The app allows users to stream content from the Beeb through their mobile browser of choice, including BBC iPlayer content on the web. That's significant because the dedicated iPlayer app itself hasn't been updated with Android 4.3 support yet. So if you're coming from a fresh installation of Android 4.3, you can now get BBC video content on your device — you'll just have to use your web browser until iPlayer is updated to support Android 4.3.

As always, we should point out that most of the cool stuff that can be accessed through the BBC's player is still exclusive to TV license fee payers in the UK. If that's you, hit the Google Play link up top to grab the latest version of the app.

Alex Dobie
Alex Dobie

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

11 Comments
  • Bit of a shame they didn't take the opportunity to give us the ability to download programs for offline viewing,considering 4OD updated recently to allow just that.
  • Most likely a licencing problem. Posted via Android Central App
  • They have promised it (more than once) so it's going to happen. Just a case of when.
  • With the new DRM in 4.3 they might? Just give them a few more years to perfect their iPhone app and then they'll be right on to it.
  • According to http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/internet/posts/Video-on-Android-Devices-Update the iPlayer Android team is now 3 times the size of the iOS team and mobile downloads is one of the top 3 priorities.
  • Chromecast support? HD streams? Posted via Android Central App
  • Chromecast is unlikely. Still not for sale in the UK.
  • "Still" not? It was only released about 3 days ago!
  • Could someone post a link to the apk for those of us outside the UK?
  • Hi, If you're outside the UK you can download the latest BBC Media Player
    BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and TVCatchup Player Android apps from my site.
    I recently got them from Google Play and uploaded them to this site so people from around the world can download and install them on their Android devices and enjoy UK TV channels. http://www.bbcmediaplayer.com
  • "As always, we should point out that most of the cool stuff that can be accessed through the BBC's player is still exclusive to TV license fee payers in the UK" Actually not many people realise but a TV license is only required to watch or record television programmes, on any device, as they're being shown on TV. If you only watch catch-up services online, then you don’t need a licence. For example, you don’t need one to use BBC iPlayer, or ITV player, to catch up on programmes after they have been shown on TV. See http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one/topics/technology--de... and http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one/topics/what-if-a-tv-l...