Download BBC iPlayer Radio And TV Programmes

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 29, 2009
Updated • May 6, 2012
Software, Windows

BBC iPlayer is a popular online service by the BBC that is offering BBC radio and TV programmes on the Internet. The BBC TV programs are limited to users from the United Kingdom only while the radio programs can be accessed by a worldwide audience. BBC iPlayer is in this regard like many of the other TV on the Internet services that limit the viewers based on their IP address. Users from the UK can watch the TV programmes of the past seven days on the website, download and stream HD programmes, access the iPlayer from supported mobile phones and download programmes to the computer system with the help of BBC iPlayer Desktop. BBC iPlayer Desktop is powered by Adobe Air and downloads use a digital rights system.

Users who want to download radio and TV programmes from BBC iPlayer can use the portable software program iDownload to do so. The download manager has been programmed in Java and is accessed in a web browser. The interface provides access to a content search that includes all supported BBC radio and TV programmes.

Available radio and TV shows are shown and can be marked for download by either double-clicking them or using the download button. All selected TV and radio shows are moved to the Downloads section of the web interface. Users from the United Kingdom can start to download the TV and radio shows right away while users from other countries need to find an anonymous web proxy (or VPN from the UK) to do so.

bbc iplayer Download BBC iPlayer TV and Radio programmes can be launched directly from within the web interface. The TV programmes are downloaded as Apple Quicktime files (.mov) and the radio shows as mp3. The iDownload software to download BBC iPlayer programmes is available from the developer's website.


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  1. lianshengjie said on April 12, 2012 at 5:46 am

    This App is Great.
    I know Hidownload is awesome in downloading bbc iplayer radio two.
    you can go here to see the process,
    Have a try.

  2. randal mawhinney said on October 7, 2009 at 6:33 am

    i wish to see 1st of october new tricks and rebus2nd october

  3. Syber said on September 2, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    I had a post that gives you another easy way to download BBC iPlayer video.

  4. r2software said on August 30, 2009 at 2:57 am


    Yes all the content is DRM free so can be played back on any device that supports .mp4 and .mp3, thanks

  5. Charax said on August 29, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    I assume the downloads are DRM free? because otherwise there’s little difference between this and using the iPlayer’s own download function (being portable is nice, though)

  6. Mike Smith said on August 29, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I’ve put an installer on the zip file to make it easier for the average user. You can download that here:

    Good find!

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