BBC Media Player APK

Version 3.1.12 -
Last updated: 2019-10-25 04:34:39

APP Information

Download Version 3.1.12 (3001012)
Apk Size13.68 MB
App DeveloperMedia Applications Technologies for the BBC
Malware CheckTRUSTED
Install on Android7.0 and up

Download BBC Media Player 3.1.12 APK

App Description

BBC Media Player is android,mediaplayer,entertainment,media,player, content rating is Everyone (PEGI-3). This app is rated 4.13 by 15 users who are using this app. To know more about the company/developer, visit Media Applications Technologies for the BBC website who developed it. apps can be downloaded and installed on Android 7.0 and higher Android devices. The Latest Version of 3.1.12 Available for download. Download the app using your favorite browser and click Install to install the application. Please note that we provide both basic and pure APK files and faster download speeds than BBC Media Player APK Mirror. This app APK has been downloaded 143299+ times on store. You can also download APK and run it with the popular Android Emulators.

BBC Media Player works with BBC websites and applications to provide video and audio playback on your Android device.

Once you have downloaded this application, continue to use your favourite BBC websites and apps on your Android device as normal. Whenever you play any video or audio the BBC Media Player will launch and handle playback of the content.

Please note that information about your playback experience is collected when you use the BBC Media Player app. If you are not happy to be included in our usage reporting, please do not install the app. For more information visit



You may notice that when you install the app it asks you for permission to access your phone's network communication, phone calls, and system tools.

These are standard Android app permissions that are defined by the Google Android platform. The 3 permissions the BBC Media Player app asks to use are: 

• Network Communication - full internet access.

Granting this permission provides the BBC Media Player app with access to the internet so it can play programmes.

• System tools - preventing phone from sleeping, retrieve running applications.

Granting this permission provides the BBC Media Player app with the ability to prevent the phone going to sleep when you are watching a programme.

• Phone Calls - read phone state and identity (Android Honeycomb and below only).

Granting this permission provides the BBC Media Player app with phone communication status and notifies the application if the phone rings or a phone call is in progress. We only use this permission to ensure that the BBC Media Player pauses if you receive a phone call and temporarily reduces its audio when you receive a text message or other notification while watching a programme. The BBC Media Player app does not access or store any personal information, phone numbers or IMEI numbers.


App ChangeLog

  • In this update:
    - Fixes seeking and playback issues in Android Nougat

App Screens

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Reviews From google play store

I resent being forced to download the app before I can use BBC Iplayer! I don't want it taking up all the spare space on my phone. I have it downloaded elsewhere for when I want to watch a programme! There is no point in getting emails about programmes I might be interested in if I can't then watch the clip I've been sent! It's very frustrating!

Its unbelievable that you are forced to download this in order to watch any content! Should be able just to do it through Iplayer or even watch 10-30 second clips on the mobile site. I will go and get my news, sport and other quick on the go info elsewhere when this app no longer exist and it can be done via the web on android.

Ridiculous having to download a separate app to play media in 2019. Other apps seem to manage just fine.

Used to be able to click watch bbc news and on it would go. Now just keeps telling me to download some app thing. No room on tablet for any app or more updates that will no doubt come with Have to go old school and just watch the telly!!

Unable to get bbc 4 on my TV... so went to the iplayer... for which I have a TV licence so should be able to access... but then get asked to download the app! Having paid for a TV licence I should be able to get this service without any additional hassle

Doesn't work in regards to the BBC news app, just appears to be a tool for data collection. Uninstalled

Why have you made this so complicated l just wanted to catch up on the Decca top ten radio show. Arghhhhhhh you the BBC do this all the time don't try to fix what's not broken

What a dumb thing to require an app download to watch short news clips. The app is awful, to make things worse. BBC, stop this madness. I'll watch my news clips somewhere else, thank you,

Used to work fine on my Android tablet. In early 2019 it stopped working. Video just appears to load endlessly. I now have to copy the URL for any BBC video into my browser to watch it. I hope the app can be fixed. My tablet is Samsung Tab S4 8" with all apps updated. It works fine on all other video apps I use.

Why do I need an app to stream BBC content that is in the public domain? I should be able to just watch it through my web browser like any other website.

I look at BBC news just to see what the leftie take on things is. I read widely and come to a balanced view as you don't get it from the BBC sadly. Now you're making it difficult to watch clips so I'll not bother, thanks. Pitiful for a supposed national broadcaster.

Smaller size than the iplayer app so I choose this and watch online saving me space on my phone. Good call BBC. Wish the other channels did this.

A total disaster compared to the previous format, simplicity being replaced with complexity. Yet another BBC fail

Downloaded app. Got the message "The content doesn't seem to be working". Removed app.

Very disappointing that I cant download anything from the app, absolutely pointless and irritating that you can download app from outside UK but cant access programmes, fix or delete your pointless app!

Awful!!! A white banner constantly on my screen no matter what and can't delete it. What's all that about?!!!

Ridiculously battery hungry. If content played natively through a browser instead of this app this wouldn't be an issue. I just watched Final Score and it ate up 35% in 85 minutes. I can watch 4hrs of content on other platforms for half that on my Note 9. Just to be clear, I only use this app because I cannot find an alternative and I have to. You can't even change the aspect ratio. It's just poor. Granted this is a free app, but my licence fee costs a lot more than any app. I expect better and, quite frankly, so should you.

I listen to radio on TV a lot on my phone so I have been using this app for about 2 years now. It works, but only just. Common problems include the player refusing to play after being open a while, and constant buffering. Especially frustrating to use with radio as half the time app won't even open automatically. Still, works fine about 80% of the time.

Downloads appear to have been removed, now terrible to use as a catch-up app when travelling in no-data areas. Please fix

BBC always make sure that you can watch the advertisement video before the news video you are clicking on. Most of the news videos however never start rolling, or spend most of their time buffering once they do. BBC needs to do something to make sure you can watch the videos, otherwise what's the point of making and posting them on your new site!!??

WORKAROUND fior those struggling to watch bbc videos with this app on tablet: if using Chrome browser, go to menu and check Desktop Site - then video plays (for me reliably, instantly) in-browser... as it should be in 2019! Hth, my fellow Media Player sufferers.

Awful, a waste of time. Worked once, then no video and interrupted audio. Uninstalled.

I already have BBC iPlayer and BBC sounds. No thanks,I do not want to download another BBC app.

Installed it because the bbc website requires it, instead of running the information in the page and having this as optional, as it should be .. However, for every single item, it keeps saying 'This content doesn't seem to be working. Please try later.' .. The question is: Why the obligation of installing an app that simply doesn't work for everyone? .. Uninstalling, and not wasting more time in bbc websites ..

the most pointless thing in the world, every other website can play videos natively regardless of platform but BBC decide to NOT ONLY have an app, but a really badly functioning app. How about using standard video encoding on your website so we don't need an app?

I installed this with BBC News app. It caused a lot of problems on my Samsung tablet. Videos won't play properly. Videos on the BBC News app played better after I uninstalled player.

Rubbish app, all I wanted to do was listen to the radio at work and had to download this to enable me to do so. Once downloaded you still have to go to the BBC website to find the programme you want to listen too rather than doing it through the app. Not straight forward, uses loads of data, cripples your phone with high battery usage.

This app is a gimmick, do not download. BBC news will AT RANDOM bring you to this page when you click play on some videos - even though it isn't needed to play any of them. Plus, even though in the US you are supposed to be able to watch some of their programming ALL of their shows are blocked outside of the UK, except for 30 second news clips. Don't download this just go to your video the next day then suddenly it will play without this app.

Doesn't work. I used to freely watch videos within BBC News, but an increasing number of reports now need this app. First attempt I got an error saying the content wasn't working, second attempt, it didn't load at all. This is poor show for a World Leading Broadcaster... interesting they seem to think their technology will compete with Netflix...

Have to take off other things to be able to download app so wont be bothering see if i can watch it through sky if not wont bother at all come on bbc i watch very little on your channel and have to pay you and sky, rip off really just while im here havi g a rant my mum is 94 and paid her licence since its inception just about and she has macular but will now have to pay for her licence again and you take off all her soaps for any and all sport, bet you all get paid well!!!

Sometimes there's interruption and it takes a couple of minutes when you try to download it.

Uninstalled. I can still use BBC sounds, iPlayer and website video.

Absolutely useless... I want to watch a video on tells me to download media app, which I do...and I still can't view it..either the app is junk or the BBC is..

The app used to do a great Job at playing things on iPlayer but now its been phased out as iPlayer can run video independently so don't download it but it was good when it was needed.

Frustrating and not that user friendly for my needs. Bloody annoying that I need this app to view content.

Very unreliable App - plays well for 5 minutes then the video starts lagging to the point of freezing while the audio still plays. The only way to recover for me was to restart the app, i.e. go to the BBC page for the video on Chrome and launching the video again. Tried all recommended troubleshooting measures and more but the problem still persists. Solution: Uninstall the app from the phone and just watch the video on Laptop or PC, save the memory on your phone for something that functions

I needed access to one of the BBC's vids for a school assignment, but I have to download THIS to get it??! I've had the app in the past, but it's always lagged or been faulty, and sometimes refuses to even open. Please, for the sake of my bloody education, fix this.

I would rate this a zero if I could. This app does not work for video content just news, you will be going in circles trying to find shows and videos. I deleted this within minutes.

BBC iPlayer is forcing me to download this app in order to watch videos. That would be acceptable if the BBC Media Player app supported all the features of the iPlayer. For example I used to be able to cast the video to my Chromecast device and this is no longer possible. I'll reconsider my review if feature parity is achieved.

Why do I need to download an app to watch content that is imbeded into the BBC website. Out of touch.

My view of this app is simple, why, with the amount of money 💰 the BBC squeeze out of the public purse and pocket, they run such terrible apps, I simply don't get it, and legally we have to pay the license for something we dont always necessarily want to use, the BBC have been getting away with this for too long, for too many years.

just redirects it and plays only in uk even on sunday. *#*#* why is this app available in other countries except uk.

Although this application worked beautifully, I could see a very concise weather report. It ate my battery very badly. I do not know if this was/is a phone issue as well. But I would not consider using it again. Such a pity, but I need my phone. Thank you

Asks you to login even when you are already logged in; drops out frequently. Just very poor.

BBC iplayer should be allowed to be downloaded in Ireland there is no use for this app or iplayer now. 😤😡

Have tried this app several times, to no avail.Why have BBC offered this App.Either get blank screen or not responding.TAKE IT Off.You are fooling tried this app again still a useless app BBC either do not or care about our feedback. Disgraceful way to treat customers! Have just uninstalled BBC Media. BBC Media have a red neck trying to fob the public of with this app.Go and take a good look at yourselfs.

BBC I love your newswork (5 star)but why another app? Is it necessary? Data collecting? What? Not doing it w/o a reason.

Hopeless. Every sport video only lasted 3 seconds and then froze. waste of time downloading it.

Just does not work. This app hasn't been updated in over 3 years yet still many embedded videos in the main BBC app request it. It's absurd some still do and no-one has gotten around to just removing this when some videos play fine in the main app

over half the time it does not work despite being the latest update. terrible dont waste space on your device

temperamental and often doesn't work at all, especially for BBC sport videos oddly.

Where is the BBC Sounds app? Can't find it on Play Store anywhere.

How I wish you had Zero star rating coz you don't even deserve a single star rate. BBC shouldn't forget the kind of news they always bring to us about fines Google has faced from EU coz of personalization of tech. let them check with there archives. Windows phone with google installation apps. etc... This was an emberrancing forceful development. Just make it optional.

absolutely horrible, was forced to download this app just to watch stuff that's on BBC iplayer and picture quailty is terrible. There's no option to even change media player and use the built in andriod one. Fix it or get rid of it permanently the latter would be better.

How can you say you a 3.1 rating? Terrible app. Deleted along with iplayer.

This app is confusing. How do u watch stuff on BBC Bitesize? It's not fair. Perfectly, ads come up. Terrible app. Seriously, not worth it. One idea, make it fair to watch stuff on Bitesize without downloading this. Thanks for listening.

Why does the BBC force us to download THREE applications? I can listen to BBC Radio on Tunein app without this pointless app and without logging in. I'm a huge BBC fan but you're driving me away with this multiple App strategy. ONE app please that has Radio and TV. ONE!

Absolutely ridiculous that you are forced to download another app to watch content on a BBC webpage or I player app. I'll just not watch thanks.....

I am also appalled that I am forced to get the app to watch. I don't have a phone with lots of space. Seems the BBC likes to discriminate against people with poorer technology. I didn't think the BBC was allowed to use public funds to exclude people. I pay my licence like everyone else. Why should I get a poorer service?

Uploaded the app then couldn't watch the programme I had to download the app to watch. Had to remove it to be able to watch by other means. V poor.

Awful. You can have a ping of 16 and download speed of 40+ and this will still buffer. Its awful. Every other app inc utube have no problems but the 'famous' bbc is aload of Poo and can't do a simple job.

'Last updated 26 October, 2015. Nearly 4 years ago ~Is the BBC aware? Is this App secure? Does the BBC even care? (And still I wonder why people should only be able to watch BBC content that they are forced to pay for via the unique License Fee tax and then only be able to watch it via a proprietary App like this. It is not that way with other news, sport and media organisations.)

"This content doesn't seem to be working...please try again later" How much later BBC? It hasn't worked yet! Grrr

No space on my mobile for app. Very frustrating !!!

I've never known an app that loose my sign in data every time....

So o just want to listen to BBC radio. BBC demands I have the app. The app is 12mb but then to install the app I need to free up 300mb of space. Go jump in a lake you cretins. I just want to listen to the radio. And you wonder why viewing/listening numbers are down. Common sense has left the BBC.

What's the point of having two apps so we can watch BBC programming, it was working fine before.. now all it does is crashes every time I use it so i don't watch bbc programming anymore

The app hardly ever works and when it does it buffers for long periods. Poor quality from such a Corporate. Pay a licence fee to use stuff like this????? Sort it out for gods sake.

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My experience for this BBC app has gone realy well I've had it for a couple of years and I can't believe it

doesn't work half the time, constantly freezing when starting new videos, a terrible piece of software

iam very happy with justed down loading resently last night this BBC Media Player so iam now able to watch all Documatries and anything that i might of seen or missted in the passted and in the persence future i will be watching a Documentry on my BBC Media App later on tonight♥xxxx i♥ it:-) i would reckament this to anyone to Download this App if u like watching on BBC Programmes like i do it covers alot off combined other BBC Appes Aswell ♥ this App i Glad i Downloaded this is what i needed♥x

Downloaded this so I could watch Luther, but it doesn't work at all. It says "this content doesn't seem to be working. Please try again later."

Well for the longest time it worked fine , but recently it just won't start a programme and the screen stays black. not happy

I wanted to watch a video the BBC put to me and it led me to uninstall BBC Media Player so I did. Then it led me to install it and then uninstall it and so on and so forth. what madness. and there's no one to help or advise. really bad management

If you download a programme to watch it when there is no broadband forget it because the app will not load without an Internet connection. Quite useless app.

News app wanted me to install to play contents but didn't work.

Following a compulsory 'register or sign in' message on the BBC Radio iPlayer app, I'm uninstalling every BBC app from my phone, I want to listen to Radio 2 not share all my info with some office worker that I don't know. Goodbye BBC.

I'm going to find it fun for me to watch my favourite shows on the go even if I don't have an internet connection.

Tried to download this app three. No luck. This from the bbc is a complete rubbish.

Flakey at the best of times and currently is unable to play any media whatsoever. No real advice on the BBC webpage either.

Clear, concise, factual, backup with video reporting.

Absolute garbage, downloaded the app and then told the media was not available in my country. Why would the BBC insist on using a proprietary system?

rubbish ...... was normally using BBC I have to watch it through media player and can't now rewind or put it at start of program...not happy

Bbc news videos and photos do not display properly. They work after clicking on them but nothing shows in the article. Samsung galaxy S7

this app is terrible it always goes into slow motion as you watch highlights and the commentary carries on as normal as a avid sports fan this app does not do what it should

bbc insist on me using this app to play media on their website, yet it is incompatible with my tablet.

Having to download this just to watch 30 second cricket videos seems a bit bloody stupid.

I can't use it. I signed up on the online, had to download this and can't even watch Michael McIntyre.

not working, sat now for 15 mins waiting for a programme to load, and nothing. How can the BBC be so hopeless

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This app doesn't do anything. I can go to BBC homepage or a list of BBC apps. Nothing else.

I love this its a great way to catch up on shows that you have missed and you can find many shows and movies/films that you could watch anywhere at any time❤

okey. very slow at loading things and buffers quite a bit. But apart from that decent.

for an American like myself who enjoys certain programming from the BBC, the app does the job quite well. I've been using it for over a decade and I've not been disappointed.

Pointless and useless. Downloaded to watch BBC news clips. Doesn't play them. Pointless.

If it is just to play video why does it have to be 129mb? More spyware by the BBC methinks. Deleted from my phone.

Poor. Downloaded it 4 times, uninstalled it 3 times and it still isn't playing freshly downloaded material. And it doesn't matter if I'm connected to WiFi or not

Can't use it outside the UK 😔 A pity because iplayer is really good

Apk scan results

Apk Scaned By TotalVirus Antivirus, Was Pure And Safe.

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requires following permissions on your android device.

view network connections
Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.

view Wi-Fi connections
Allows the app to view information about Wi-Fi networking, such as whether Wi-Fi is enabled and name of connected Wi-Fi devices.

full network access
Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.

prevent phone from sleeping
Allows the app to prevent the phone from going to sleep.


Certificate Issuer:C:GB, CN:Unknown, L:London, O:Media Applications Technologies, ST:Unknown, OU:Unknown
Certificate Subject:C:GB, CN:Unknown, L:London, O:Media Applications Technologies, ST:Unknown, OU:Unknown




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