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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 46.07% Playback Issues
  • Buffering 19.10% Buffering
  • Crashing 17.98% Crashing
  • Sign in 15.73% Sign in
  • Video Quality 1.12% Video Quality

iPlayer Outage Map

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Southend-on-Sea Playback Issues
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iPlayer Issues Reports

Latest outage, problems and issue reports in social media:
  • nilus84009059 nilus (@nilus84009059) reported

    @wakeupworld15 I only discovered Limmy's Show when The Golders Green Gazette & (((Echo))) aka The Guardian did an article about it. It was on the iPlayer. I couldnt help but feel pissed off that the English/Welsh Licence Fee payers had funded a program that was only broadcast on BBC Scotland.

  • TylerTowers Ashley Halliday (@TylerTowers) reported from Gillingham, England

    @neilhwilliams I think the quality of the show deserves its prime time scheduling. I don’t think that Tipping Point, The Chase & Pointless etc. are of the same quality. (Watch it on iPlayer tomorrow at anytime you like! :)

  • tomhannen tomhannen (@tomhannen) reported

    @EmmaJ_PR I always put subs for the kids when I can. I read somewhere it increases literacy. Apple TV doesn’t support BBC iPlayer subs though- please fix if you can!

  • YORKlESBAR ma’am, this is a seaplane (@YORKlESBAR) reported

    @ScarvesandC oh, and the biggest issue: they’re so new they’re not on streaming services outside iplayer

  • Andrew_J97 Andrew (@Andrew_J97) reported

    @hxnnxh_jxynex I had the same issue but it’s all on iPlayer 🙏🏻

  • Shares2Own From Z Front (@Shares2Own) reported

    I’m on a 30 day trial of #britbox but I will be cancelling before it’s up. Constant buffering and juddering makes it unwatchable. Using a Firestick..Netflix, iPlayer all work fine, I’ve a 70mbit internet speed so that’s not an issue. @BritBox_UK

  • surkdidat H (@surkdidat) reported from Portsmouth, England

    @shut_up_stewart @BBCDragonsDen @BBCTwo No problem... did check on iPlayer for you, but cannot find them unfortunately

  • realsteveurry Steve Urry (@realsteveurry) reported

    Iplayer not working!!!!!! Arghhhh #iplayer #bbciplayer #lockdownuk

  • takiwatanga Thomas//孔天慧 (@takiwatanga) reported

    @BBCiPlayer hi, unable to watch anything on the iplayer app. Tried downloading but get error code 3. Have tried switching on/off, WiFi checked, uninstalled and reinstalled the app.

  • DShooka Deena Shooka (@DShooka) reported

    @DigibitVPN I’m having problems too with vpn, both London and Manchester services are affected. I am able to connect but when I try to go to itv player, bbc iPlayer or All 4 and choose a programme, the message says not available

  • MagentaPurple2 Magenta Purple (@MagentaPurple2) reported

    @michaelglasper Hope it's on iplayer. (Films are generally only on the site a week. Assume its copywrite issues)

  • wuthering_alice Steph (@wuthering_alice) reported

    D and I have been watching The Worst Witch on iplayer. It's really, really good

  • accordingtoJonD Jon (@accordingtoJonD) reported

    @FredGauge @ScaramangaJoe @MysteriosoX With residuals and rights issues, storage and restoration. There's a lot of stuff already available on iPlayer. The license fee entitles all of British society to a large amount of ad free services. It's doesn't entitle us to perpetual access to the BBC's archive.

  • JayBut707 Wes B (@JayBut707) reported

    @seheard Statistically, not much error. As you say, like opinion polls there is a confidence interval based on the sample size. Streaming analysis (think Netflix, Prime, iPlayer, Disney, Apple TV, etc) is much more detailed.

  • suit4eurotarian Al (@suit4eurotarian) reported

    @My5_tv Getting stuttering/buffering/quality degrading/slow page reloading while live streaming Jeremy Vine on my5 site in Firefox again yet BBC iPlayer carries on. I'm connected to 40mb fibre so this shouldn't be a problem. Been like this for months if not much longer!

  • barca10110 barca101 (@barca10110) reported

    @originalzainub @GuzKhanOfficial Quality is so much better on netflix i dont like using iplayer.

  • AvrilTheMidwife AvrilFlynn.com (@AvrilTheMidwife) reported from Dublin City, Leinster

    @philipnolan1 Now Philip , what pray is VPN- sounds like a nasty STI .... “Jaysus , I’ve an awful dose of the VPN “ 😂 I jest- I presume it’s some time that would allow me to see bbc Iplayer- I would LOVE ONE!

  • stuartsharpe Stuart Sharpe (@stuartsharpe) reported

    This would actually help! But, a) there’s plenty who don’t have a TV aerial connected (or at all), and b) many others for whom watching on iPlayer is a habit, even for live stuff. You can pause and rewind, for one thing.

  • AndoSuperPants AndoSuperPantalones (@AndoSuperPants) reported

    @elleellekoolj AH, BBC iPlayer is asking me to sign in/register 😤😤😤😤😤 I hate doing this because it then monitors what U r watching

  • CallidusDominus Cynical Archivist says Wash your Hands! (@CallidusDominus) reported

    @Johnboy_Cook @Emily_Rosina Yes. And for those saying not enough Classic Who... well practically speaking its much easier to stay on New Who, with it being on Netflix and Iplayer. Perhaps it will encourage more people to use Iplayer and help the BBC.

  • Al_Hine Al Hine (@Al_Hine) reported

    @TimboChannel405 Or a new machine! Shame #totp on iPlayer has the low bit rate "You Tube" quality versions.

  • hashtagcerys Cerys Bradley (@hashtagcerys) reported

    @Inkysloth I want to be able to help but my mum now thinks iPlayer is charging her for Nigel Slater recipes and I don't even know where to start.

  • MattPage MattPage (@MattPage) reported

    @jamesmjharrison @BBCTwo @CineRedis @arthistorynews @Bltmovies @PhilipSerrell @NeilKBrand @UWE_FILM @BristolUniFilm @FilmHubSW @BarryForshaw3 Thank for the recommend. The problem with films on the beeb is that you never know if they're going to show up on iplayer or not.

  • JimmyJean Jim Lister (@JimmyJean) reported

    @mandyelizchang Hi Mandy, sorry to bother you on here but i hope you can help, I’ve just this week started watching the incredible Storyville OJ Simpson series on the iPlayer, only to find tonight it’s been taken down! I need to see the rest, please help!

  • humbas HS Villela (@humbas) reported from Porto Velho, Rondônia

    @jed_mercurio @BBCiPlayer My favourite series of all time... and I can't watch it anymore because Brazil lacks access to BBC iplayer. Worst news on 2020 after the pandemic.

  • Super_Secretary Trace (@Super_Secretary) reported

    @mrtomsimpson Going to get my Harrison Ford fix with "Witness" - it's on BBC iPlayer now. Huzzah! *rummages for Amish bonnet under the stairs* :-D

  • villanxellez T (@villanxellez) reported

    any UK mutuals using a vpn to stream ke when it airs in the US and also staying up till 6am to watch it in high quality on bbc iplayer

  • villanellejodie millie (@villanellejodie) reported

    hate time zones, i won’t be able to see everyone freak out or live tweet about s3 cus i wanna watch on iplayer in good quality :(((

  • nickpiri nickpiri (@nickpiri) reported

    @CurzonCinemas @ArtificialEye Tried it tonight. Sound continues with no picture. Film stops altogether with spinning wheel. Video quality poor (goes from ok to lower quality). Our internet is fine and running at 70mb. Fine with all other video devices(Netflix, iPlayer, prime). Ruined our film night :-(

  • tashaeverittx tash (@tashaeverittx) reported

    @scoobydoobydee It’s on bbc iplayer thankfully!!! Had the same problem x

  • _winemom Lauren (@_winemom) reported

    Genuinely delighted to have remembered this was on Iplayer tonight. Enid Blyton was a terrible woman but my god what wonderful books.

  • zoe_s_fox Zoe Fox (@zoe_s_fox) reported

    @DianaJSpencer Argh, another quality show locked away behind the BBC iPlayer geoblock. I’ll see if it aired somewhere in the US! If only BBC would open their virtual gates in these times like all of the academic databases have done...

  • tivy_b Tabby Burnett (@tivy_b) reported

    grandparents just facetimed me because they needed help finding something on iplayer my little heart can’t handle the cuteness 🥺 if they can adapt to scary technology, you can DAMN WELL STAY AT HOME

  • stoneg8training Stonegate Training (@stoneg8training) reported

    @gerrydiamond71 @suzannezeedyk @katesilverton No problems.... sorry autocorrect - should’ve said - iPlayer.... on news channel 😊

  • Lottesometimes Big Van Allardyce (@Lottesometimes) reported

    @jamesallenw @GavinMPrice @KVE100 @david_cakebread BBC Wales has gone from my iplayer, help!

  • kriswhoosh Kris Tarplee (@kriswhoosh) reported

    @MrNishKumar I found it very difficult to listen to.. I just couldn't help looking and staring at your bald chin. I'll have to try again on iPlayer. 😬

  • riverdancefan TeresaT ♥️NHS nurse since 1984♥️ (@riverdancefan) reported

    @reece_dinsdale Me too, i though they were all trailer trash of the worst kind. I went back to watching old seasons of Spooks on iPlayer 💪🏻

  • DJSuperLemon1 Super Lemon (@DJSuperLemon1) reported

    @oakroyd @RealPaulMurray @citizenveurm An old workmate grew up there. He said it was wild. He mentioned a documentary called Lilybank - The Fourth World, made in the 70s. There is a link on the iplayer but it's not working. I've never seen it.

  • dunc_p Duncan (thinks everything is canon) (@dunc_p) reported

    @TomSpilsbury @StevenWMoffat As I understand it, both iPlayer and Netflix are streaming at lower bitrates (to enable people to work at home by preventing streaming using up all the bandwidth), so the quality will actually have been a bit worse than usual. In theory.

  • natalyadell Natalya Dell (@natalyadell) reported

    @LiamODellUK @AlasdairIS @JennyKoehring @wrdanks @BorisJohnson @RishiSunak @MattHancock @michaelgove @RobertJenrick @AlokSharma_RDG @BBCNews I don't have a TV licence (partly because of iPlayer refusing to fix subtitles on important broadcasts).

  • sturchyhobbit Sturchy 🌍 (@sturchyhobbit) reported

    Can Netflix stop freezing pls I never had this problem with iPlayer #FishCustard

  • Howling_Snail HowlingSnail (@Howling_Snail) reported

    My Blu-Rays are at home, and the best torrent I can find is 360p, so sticking with the iPlayer again tonight to not compromise on quality too much. #DoctorWho #FishCustard

  • ironsidecw Chris Ironside (@ironsidecw) reported

    @jimalkhalili I'm disappointed that the BBC don't keep old sciences documentaries available on iPlayer as standard. So much valuable content I could be using to help inspire the next generation.

  • HenryMarott Old vinyl lover (@HenryMarott) reported

    @davidawfulbot @allisonpearson Virgin have admitted to me previously that their routers are not the strongest when it comes to wifi coverage, i have certainly noticed a degradation in the quality of BBCi player but am not sure if that is down to Virgin or iplayer !

  • deborahmfbarnes Deborah Barnes (@deborahmfbarnes) reported

    @garysnowpatrol hi i am watching Baptiste on bbc iplayer which is rather entertaining. When i try to find you there are problems but afterwards i easily registered so annoying. I think a latte before bed and then do my teeth and have a wash, lots of sleep needed xxxx

  • piotrbartkowiak Piotr Bartkowiak (@piotrbartkowiak) reported

    @ao Hi Rob, I have contacted @philips_uk earlier today as was having issues with iPlayer. And after 45 minutes live chat I was disconnected and advised by another CS advisor I'll be contacted via email ( haven't been yet ). Now Freeview Play stoped working as well

  • sandeephunjan sandeep hunjan (@sandeephunjan) reported from Ludhiana, State of Punjab

    @AkashvaniAIR newsonair app is not working properly it crashes even after restarting phone please make it fast and accurate like bbc iPlayer radio app

  • lespauljunior3 les paul junior 🍔🍺🎸🚍🐕 (@lespauljunior3) reported

    @EBisquito @punkgirldiaries Dammit. Don’t think it’s on iPlayer now either. Grrrr. Love a bit of electronics. Me and a mate used to make a terrible racket with a Korg monophonic synth and a tape echo machine.

  • kalenski (((kalen))) (@kalenski) reported

    @ericsmithrocks @State_Champs If you don't know @BBC6Music, I highly recommend it. Might help scratch that itch. Can stream or use their iPlayer app. (Sounds app isn't available in the US.)

  • JStewart_15 Josh Stewart (@JStewart_15) reported

    @SkyHelpTeam hello, 2 issues , firstly I haven't received my reward from recommend a friend but my friend has over a week ago. Secondly everytime I watch something via iPlayer or Netflix or something I recorded I keep getting sound drop out for half a second every now and then

  • annawaits Anna Lowman (@annawaits) reported

    @watsoncomedian Heya, I'm a good organiser/spreadsheet wrangler if you need any help on the planning/scheduling side of things beforehand, or I could support whoever's producing the feed on the day with getting assets, logging etc. Do it in the day job for live events on iPlayer.Thanks for this!

  • GoonerTiliDie19 KindGooner (@GoonerTiliDie19) reported

    Just watching 'Why dad killed mum' on BBC iplayer. This is horrific. So sad. Awful

  • lgpmachine Pullin (@lgpmachine) reported

    @KeejayOV2 Archive section of the iPlayer has some really quality stuff

  • MaverickAddon Maverick (@MaverickAddon) reported

    Iplayer, ITV player, channel 4. You need to sign in to view content.. Oh **** off.

  • ALittleOutlook Charlotte Little 🦯🦻 (@ALittleOutlook) reported

    @ActionOnHearing iPlayer allows easy chance of font and size, and all of Netflix’s content is captioned. Amazon Prime Video are the worst as less than half their content is subtitled, the subtitle files are not uniform and they have falsely advertised content as subtitled

  • HumnApeCreature Ape (@HumnApeCreature) reported

    @AmazonHelp 🤯😡🤯😡🤯😡 Deleting the app didn't work, it's still not working I've tried other programmes in the app, none are working. Netflix, BBC iPlayer, YouTube, everything else is working great

  • chrissieohh christine owen (@chrissieohh) reported

    @bbceducation please can you put the Ian Rankin Jekyll & Hyde documentary back on iplayer. It would help with Year 10 work from home #distancelearning

  • PPeaksy Anne Thropoid (@PPeaksy) reported

    @MrsMurphy1976 I get so annoyed that you can’t take screenshots from Netflix - it was no problem when it was on BBC iPlayer.

  • aelbourne1 Ashley Elbourne (@aelbourne1) reported

    @SkyHelpTeam Yes, the issue is that it says it’s running as it should be, but the connection drops so much and things like iPlayer stop to buffer regularly... Not sure how the help section can help!

  • WillCross61 Will Cross (@WillCross61) reported

    @BBCiPlayer I’m having an issue with the iPlayer app on Samsung tv skipping to the end of the programme please can you advise