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The BBC iPlayer is a streaming television and radio service made available by the BBC. In addition to programming from the BBC, the platform also offers programs from broadcasters including ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5.

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Most Reported Problems:

  • Playback Issues (45.45%)
  • Buffering (27.27%)
  • Sign in (18.18%)
  • Crashing (9.09%)

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  • SamWitts2
    Maxoid_Mysticalmaid #PCPEU (@SamWitts2) reported

    @BBCiPlayer can get a lovely connection on iPlayer web for catchup, but steaming live is awful quality. Have fibre broadband Netflix, You tube & Twitch have no such issues.

  • DanFromAbove
    Daniel Barnett (@DanFromAbove) reported

    @ratatoskmusic I’m having issues with the bbc iplayer app not connecting to my chromecast. Keep in having to enter the pass code and even then it takes ******* ages.

  • Mashes_to_Ashes
    🅼🅰🆂🅷 ™ (@Mashes_to_Ashes) reported

    The iplayer app ont tv is the worst one for buffering. The only one that involves paying a tax for.

  • nettlesb
    Annette B (@nettlesb) reported

    @BBCiPlayer cheers pal. In the middle of watching the strictly final on catch up. It freezes and skips to Michael Crapintyre and now I can’t get the final back on. The iPlayer is glitchy most of the time, but this is the worst!

  • BobTeasdale1
    Bob Teasdale (@BobTeasdale1) reported

    @BBCSport watching formula e on iplayer. The BBC logo top left is covering the race timer. Please could you fix this. #formulae

    becca (@PRETTYATKlNS) reported

    watching strictly on my laptop and the quality of the stream on bbc iplayer is a sack of ******* shit

  • katesfxmakeup
    Kate Griffiths (@katesfxmakeup) reported from Royal Tunbridge Wells, England

    I know this is a bit of a cop out but its too wet, too cold, too windy to go out tonight. Netflix, Amazon Prime, iPlayer, Quality Street night in for me. 😟

  • crispykirman
    Middle Aisle at Lidl (@crispykirman) reported

    Superb timing for a 'no satellite signal' error message. Looks like I'll be hammering the @BBC iPlayer to watch the final. #strictlyfinal

  • JacquiPybus
    Jacqui Pybus (@JacquiPybus) reported

    @plusnethelp Still having problems with buffering- WiFi internet radio drops out regularly and iplayer seizes totally after short periods. Wired connection to MacBook gives frequent lag/glitches in iplayer playback but not total stops.

  • martinspain
    Martin Spain (@martinspain) reported from Royston, England

    @TheDanProsser I watched it via iPlayer and I have to say, I enjoyed it. Terrible anonymous track, but the new cars look great, they seem quicker and my son loves the onscreen graphics and the lights on the halo.

  • JlgRobert
    Jerome Robert (@JlgRobert) reported

    @virginmedia This is BBC iPlayer not Virgin TV and yes WiFi. It’s our internet connection that’s terrible and has been for months. We’ve done all the tests and phoned the helpline but nothing has improved. And yet we’re still paying over £40/month...

  • RMGLUCK2017
    Richard Luck (@RMGLUCK2017) reported

    @davelee1968 Yes, it has its feathers but there's an awful lot to like about it. As for how good Donald Sutherland is, it's worth checking out Alan Whicker's Getty interview on the iPlayer - Sutherland somehow manages to make the dull, self-absorbed billionaire positively charismatic.

  • ITM_1997
    Iain (@ITM_1997) reported

    @thelindsayellis Speaking of RT being problematic and getting nerdy here, the new Series of Doctor Who is the most watched since 2008, broken iplayer records & Jodie Whittaker is the most watched New Who Doctor but RT says it’s the worst series ever

  • BBCiPlayer
    BBC iPlayer (@BBCiPlayer) reported

    @loskristianos Hey, Kirstian. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. We have since resolved the issue and you should be able to use BBC iPlayer via Chromecast again, sorry for the inconvenience, hope this helps! Take care.

  • BGwilyms
    Brian Williams (@BGwilyms) reported

    @Holbornlolz Not so! I don't pay it. The IMPORTANT thing is not to WATCH the shit. Netflix, Amazon Prime, DVD, Bluray, Youtube and catchup 3,4,5. None of these need a licence. Literally cut your aerial and don't create a login for iplayer and the bastards don't have a leg to stand on.

  • nowtvhelp
    NOW TV Help (@nowtvhelp) reported

    @bedethree @NOWTV Hi Bede as this app is a BBC app you would have to contact them for any issues with BBC iplayer.

  • nickpaganman
    Nick Stratton (@nickpaganman) reported

    @richardosman Just watched House of Games on iplayer and need to know what the question was for Octopuses and Donkeys, can you help please, really need to know!!

  • knight37
    wes knight (@knight37) reported from Portsmouth, England

    @suttonblue88 @suziruffell @KerryAGodliman @loyisogola Luke she is quality, play up Suzi, Suzi play up 👍🏻 go on iPlayer there’s a longer gig on there

  • bedethree
    BedeTrilogy (@bedethree) reported

    @NOWTV deafeningly silent on BBC iPlayer problem.

  • stilgoe_alex
    Alex Stilgoe (@stilgoe_alex) reported

    @monkeybutters13 @AuthorSJB The reason 4 screens viewings are comparable is because iPlayer was previously measured as a whole instead of individually from the app or online, so it wasn't broken down but was still considered in the ratings

  • Frankieboy1926
    Stevie Rob (@Frankieboy1926) reported

    @ultimateOne @Pauldeakin20 @ElContador2000 @allanprussell @TeddyUKIPClark @JeSuisDog @Bobilly10 @Karenco30 @IanIp59 @Smileygirl19681 @MagaRedKAG @SuzieSzabo2 @gs_burns @Lin46222208 @KTHopkins @Carpheydenim @Testo_Squirrel @Kalimeralynn @FeistyRealist That's the problem, my missus watches BBC & iPlayer.

  • seagullmouse
    Matthew Hersee (@seagullmouse) reported

    @BBCiPlayer hi, I tried via search, A-Z, channels and categories. I tried closing and reopening iPlayer. Issue same in all scenarios.

  • PartridgeToffee
    Partridge Thornton (@PartridgeToffee) reported

    @eddiepurple I quite liked his 2 minute videos, so watched the start of his last show which was on iPlayer. After I'd not laughed once in the first 20 minutes I went to do something more entertaining, like scraping broken glass on my **** end.

  • VentnorFilmSoc
    Ventnor Film Society (@VentnorFilmSoc) reported

    @BBCiPlayer Since creating a sign in for bbc iplayer, it won't load nor will any of my other apps on Samsung Smart TV. All working fine until now.

  • rustinpeace00
    rustinpeace (@rustinpeace00) reported

    @wright8732 The whole thing. Just check Hansard or watch it back on iPlayer. One of his worst performances yet, amid a career of mediocrity.

  • jade_beattie
    Jade Beattie (@jade_beattie) reported

    The biggest lie of all time is BBC iPlayer telling you you only have to sign in once

  • mattleslie74
    Matthew Leslie (@mattleslie74) reported

    Given this series has had the worst crop of candidates it has had (and that takes some doing), no great loss. I've been watching on iplayer and fast forwarding to the boardroom scenes.

  • SkidRowRadio_YT
    ooj (@SkidRowRadio_YT) reported

    @nw_nicholas basically it's all the telly. for free. u can get iplayer without having to sign in, and then loads of everything on an app that works via kodi called exodus redux. might be a tiny bit techy to set up tho, if you got madskillz go for it, if not, ask a young-un to do it for ya.

  • salvatorRosa
    Bob Hawkins (@salvatorRosa) reported

    @SmithTonyD @BBCSounds I’ve deleted the old radio iPlayer...I wonder if it’s still available that certainly had fewer problems

  • dr_freddys
    freddy (@dr_freddys) reported from City of London, England

    @CyberGhost_EN Your streaming profile for BBC iPlayer is not working. On the app it shows my IP is But when I check on your site it's connected to

  • MarkLudmon
    Mark Ludmon (@MarkLudmon) reported

    @BBCiPlayer I have just tried again, 24 hours later, and the problem persists, freezing at 8 seconds. I have no trouble playing anything else on iPlayer.

  • kyc101
    Max (@kyc101) reported

    @DLidington #ParliamentLIVE @BBCr4today @OborneTweets ON BBC Iplayer David Why don't you just put your hands up and say we got it wrong and we need cross party help now! its better to save face than to upset the British Public and live in denial you know where this going to end.

    Mark Thompson (@THETIGERSOFHULL) reported

    @KCOMhome is there any issues in the hu4 area. For the last few days YouTube Netflix and BBC iPlayer are buffering alot and webpages are slow to load.

  • paulrogers002
    Paul Rogers (@paulrogers002) reported

    @Saralimback Yes, though I'm using the iPlayer (live mode) as reception is so awful here up in Fife.

  • AJMacKnovels
    AJ MacKenzie Novels (@AJMacKnovels) reported

    @mentalImageOTD @iplayer @BBCiPlayer Magically it's working again. Great, but support people need to give consistent advice. Last evening, person on Live Chat raised the issue with tech staff. This evening diff person banged on about how I needed to update the app [ which was nonsense. More training needed, I think

  • AJMacKnovels
    AJ MacKenzie Novels (@AJMacKnovels) reported

    @mentalImageOTD @iplayer Same same. Live chat still trying to get me to take steps to solve the problem, but it is clearly not MY problem...

  • AJMacKnovels
    AJ MacKenzie Novels (@AJMacKnovels) reported

    @mentalImageOTD @iplayer On Live chat with them now and suggesting my TV needs updating. Nonsense of course... It was working perfectly well last night after a similar issue was sorted by BBC

  • DrMLivingstone
    Marilyn Livingstone (@DrMLivingstone) reported

    @BBCiPlayer Cannot get programs to load on iPlayer this evening (happened last night also, but solved after contacting live chat. Panasonic smart TV which has had no issues until yesterday

  • ellrbrown
    Elliott Brown (@ellrbrown) reported

    @greenpesto1 @bbcmtd Need to fix it before it goes on BBC Four or iPlayer!

  • Setallite1
    medus eon (@Setallite1) reported

    @BBCiPlayer curious how entirely reliant the BBC is on licensing, yet how proficient at not answering tweets on issues with one’s BBC iPlayer account.

  • DMR0808
    DMR (@DMR0808) reported

    @sky @TheSun @BBCNews @itvnews I'm not happy about skygo not having any subtitles available on tablet & phone but with YouTube & BBC iPlayer & Netflix have no problems it not right for deaf people paying as same as hearing people and can not watch it like hearing can 😠😡

  • markpentler
    You just plugged a device into the audio jack! (@markpentler) reported

    @madebygoogle Sorry, I thought the context would be obvious but apparently not. I am having literally the same problem - only the iPlayer app. Nothing else.

  • carnivalarcane
    Shakespeare's Sister (@carnivalarcane) reported

    Not at all happy. Had to give up trying to watch #DoctorWho on #iPlayer on my telly this morning because of constant streaming problems with it. Resorting to downloading from dubious sources like the old days but it's totally ruined the experience of watching the S11 finale. 🙁

  • Trig666
    Trig (@Trig666) reported

    @madebygoogle Hi Google, other cast enabled apps on my iPhone work fine. I can also cast from Chrome on my PC to Chromecast. I’m only having the issue with the BBC iPlayer app. I’ve updated my iPhone and removed and reinstalled the app, the issue remains. Apparently I’m not the only one

  • _kayleighmarks
    Kayleigh Marks (@_kayleighmarks) reported

    Wait a few moments for your tv to refresh.. well I’ve been waiting about 5 mins for my iplayer to sign in and nothings happened

  • stagetechuk
    James (@stagetechuk) reported

    @BigJohnnyArcher @WiteWulf @AndyGuy67 @BBCiPlayer So, no update from LG, but upon playing about with iPlayer (there are apparently some issues tonight anyway) but HLG HDR is now triggering as expected... I’m guessing the Beeb have fixed something!

  • dazwright
    Daz Wright (@dazwright) reported

    @pigsonthewing Not today but it's a problem I have with iPlayer fairly frequently. It's not the most stable thing.

  • flareypwns
    anthany (@flareypwns) reported

    why is the bbc iplayer so terrible

  • Smutchings
    Sam Hutchings (@Smutchings) reported

    The @BBC want to make it so that you sign in to use the iPlayer apps. But, I have to sign in every time I open the app on my Apple TV. It’s a terrible experience.

  • PaulMorris7777
    Paul Morris (@PaulMorris7777) reported

    @ukoddball @ejectamenta_com I've never been a fans of ratings. 1 - Just say 5 million watch one episode, whose to say they don't watch it once, twice, or three time on iplayer. 2 - Again, just say 5 million watch an episode. Its a terrible episode, then only 4 million people watch the next episode. 1/2

  • superpavs
    superpavs (@superpavs) reported

    @BBCiPlayer Andrew Marr My Brain & Me isn’t working on iPlayer. Please help!

  • patterhouse
    Jingle Bants (@patterhouse) reported

    Went to watch iplayer there and now you need an account and sign in and just get to **** eh. State of the place

  • michaelfredman
    X-MAS MAN (@michaelfredman) reported

    Have flu. Thought I’d watch Informer on iPlayer. Don’t known if fever or terrible UX, but accidentally watched the last episode first. Kind of worked, might do that for all thrillers. Saves time.

  • ModerateConcern
    John Darning (@ModerateConcern) reported

    @madebygoogle @ParasMaalde Can I just add I have this problem now too. Just the BBC iPlayer app. Chromecast being detected by all other apps including iPlayer Radio. Strange.

  • emma1293
    BornToBeA_Whovian! (@emma1293) reported

    So my computer was supposed to update three days ago but didn't and for the last two days i've been having problems with gifs on twitter and not being able to watch iplayer... better get on the case!

  • AndrewRWhite
    Andrew White (@AndrewRWhite) reported

    @TomDGreen @BBCiPlayer I believe it's an encoding and editorial issue. Anything provided in advance is encoded for iPlayer as part of ingestion to the playout server, but live programmes obviously can't be. Plus, live programmes might have elements which require editorial input for repeat viewing.

  • lozz_1996
    Lauren ◢ ◤ (@lozz_1996) reported

    Is anyone else’s iplayer not working... can’t be my internet cos I hear my dad listening to music on YouTube downstairs... that’s working fine... and so is my phone

  • SarahjThomson18
    Sarah Jane Thomson (@SarahjThomson18) reported from Smithton, Scotland

    @AmazonHelp Non elf those error codes. It says internet connection issue but iPlayer etc works, just nothing that's prime related

  • 6WattsPerKg
    Bradley W (@6WattsPerKg) reported

    @stevechapman65 The worst is now edited out on iPlayer

  • keithward329
    keith nigel ward (@keithward329) reported

    @BBCNews @hendopolis Now made to sign in to the IPlayer, no thanks, tried got no where! You tube then!