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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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  • 7_rollo Paul Rollinson (@7_rollo) reported

    @piersmorgan Much better than BBC, they are so dull and biased, maybe should watch BBC breakfast at night on iPlayer to help get to sleep.

  • earthdistance Mr Energy War 9️⃣ (@earthdistance) reported

    There’s a hierarchy to what I watch on a tv screen of how settled it makes me feel, and it’s basically all about how proximate it is to scheduled television , so from best to worst it’s Scheduled television iPlayer / 4od Netflix Youtube

  • Annepop01 Anne Davies ☘️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Annepop01) reported

    @S4C When will the issue with the Scarlets v London Irish game be resolved, still not working on iPlayer or s4cClic

  • BazTheHaff Barry Haffenden (@BazTheHaff) reported from Ringmer, England

    Problem with IPlayer & Red Button is it's badly advertised and half the time I miss the game. Only people that watch it is the people that are aware of it. Trying to push women's games, needs to be on BBC1, BBC2 or BBC4 for betting viewing figures

  • michaelaworsley Michael Worsley (@michaelaworsley) reported

    Worst part of the argument, proffered by the #BBC under Tony Hall directorship: even if you do not possess a tv set, you need a licence to view its #iplayer on your computer. Which is to say if you haven't got a dog, you still need a dog licence if you have a parrot that barks.

  • ZareerMasani Dr Zareer Masani (@ZareerMasani) reported

    @OscarJu97128129 @PlutoEllis @Miranda05260842 @PaulPleiger @Jamken22 I take it you're referring to the massacre at Jallianwala Bag. It was horrendous, largely due to spiral of pro and anti-Govt violence & dreadful human error by a British officer. Do have a listen to my documentary on BBC Radio 4 iPlayer.

  • kzap333 Andrew Coleman (@kzap333) reported

    @GemOfAmara @Boringstein We have iPlayer which is better than most, although it doesn't have to handle as many programs & language options. NowTV may be the worst, you have to download their app to play content on a PC but can only browse their library on a web browser, then open it in the app to play.

  • thorquill hay ⁷ (@thorquill) reported

    bbc iplayer live is such bad quality sob

  • MsLiz_McC Ms Liz Ⓥ (@MsLiz_McC) reported

    @Matthew_Wright @thismorning I'm torn! I have issues with that program and it's presenters, but did watch your last two segments. Think I'll have to catch it on iPlayer so I can make sure I only catch your segment.

  • homebrandcola Lt Cmdr Timmy (@homebrandcola) reported

    I bought season 1 of His Dark Materials on Google. Thoroughly disappointed with the quality of the stream. It's like someone pointed a camera at BBC iPlayer. So many compression artefacts, and a lot of noise. On both the TV app and Chromecast Ultra.

  • justsummerx Summer Hill (@justsummerx) reported

    @kyleandersoncf1 Got it on the Xbox, must of been a glitch with iPlayer or something 😂!

  • LesAtkinsUK Les Atkins (@LesAtkinsUK) reported

    @lewis_goodall Looks like the BBC knows it's heading for subscription. IPlayer sign on was "not going to be required, just helping to deliver more customised viewing". Then it was required. Didn't sign in to BBC website today and discovered it didn't feature in the menus - totally invisible.

  • HS_10Ftbol Harry (@HS_10Ftbol) reported

    It’s 2020 and why do BBC Iplayer still limit you to watching stuff live at the shittest quality

  • DanielJL98 Dan 🤙🔥 (@DanielJL98) reported

    Why does ITV hub, BBC iPlayer etc have such shit quality. It’s worse than just watching it on normal TV

  • JMAckroyd Jen Ackroyd (@JMAckroyd) reported

    @kylghlzbth @FIAFormulaE Thank you. It’s so difficult to see all of the practice/ quality/ race. We end up watching it on You tube then live streaming on the phone then iPlayer! Miss the start of nearly every program l. Wish @BBCSport would put it on BBC2

  • toomuchracing Pat W watches too much racing (@toomuchracing) reported

    And if watching on Sky box iPlayer you have to sign in on a different device and then put in a code....

  • savoirsarthe What good are notebooks? (@savoirsarthe) reported

    Oo wow this whole Red-Button-or-not-or-sometimes-and-no-more-on-demand-you-must-use-the-specific-iPlayer-app thing on TV platforms is a hot mess. A Tony Hall hot mess. Which is the worst kind of stink. #theSoCalledBBC

  • chronicknitting (((Helen))) (@chronicknitting) reported

    @IanMartin Searching on iPlayer nowadays is terrible too. But then it’s terrible on Google, they’re all trying to be clever instead of just letting you look for words.

  • KitKatRehab Kit to the Kat (@KitKatRehab) reported

    @virginmedia Yes we have done that. It isn't a connection issue. We tried to speak to your call centre but they didn't even know what iPlayer was!

  • Langnut James Gardner-Martinsel (@Langnut) reported

    I don’t feel remotely concerned by the issues on @bbcsoutheast and I wish Brighton and Hove was still within the @BBCSouthNews area. I’ve swapped over on iplayer.

  • davejrichards Invisible Dave (@davejrichards) reported

    @SonyUK I've tried that and Netflix was then v slow and I couldn't play iPlayer as it came up with an error message saying it could play as size of file too large. External now TV stick works fine and the Samsung TV I had before had no problems.

  • EllenMorganJ Ellie Morgan-Jones🕷 (@EllenMorganJ) reported

    @4Viewers A PS 3. I know they are pretty old, but I never have the same problem watching IPlayer or ITV player. In the end, I gave ip and watched the rest on my phone!

  • deborahmfbarnes Deborah Barnes (@deborahmfbarnes) reported

    @garysnowpatrol hi watching Frozen on dvd, no access on my box to bbc iplayer or itv hub or now tv, i dont think the box is broken so i have cancelled my subscription. I have loads of movies so lots of entertainment to keep me happy. Hoping all is well xxxx

  • MU0WLV Adam (@MU0WLV) reported

    @RobertDL3RR @wgoodf sadly so much of it... iPlayer used to be a problem as you couldn't get the app even though we pay the TV licence here, not sure if it still is... loads of apps are blocked... bloody annoying :-/

  • Sianz Sianzy (@Sianz) reported

    Been binging Better Things on iPlayer, why hasn’t anyone told me about this before! It’s BETTER than most THINGS <that was terrible I’m sorry not sorry>

  • VJ43 Hot Stepper (@VJ43) reported

    @CEaston66 @Beeron1030 @Amelia_Womack @TheGreenParty @HS2ltd Listen to Powering Up the North on R4 from tonight. Should be on iplayer. Northern cities don't need new lines to other cities. They need longer trains on existing lines which are electrified lines. Mosernise the diesel routes. Classic example is the Harrogate line. HS2-3 no help

  • Gary87_ Gary87 (@Gary87_) reported

    @Pinkpanther_76 @RossKemp @ITV I had the same issue and had to get the 7 day free trial of advert free iplayer for it to work

  • hey_eyni Annie (@hey_eyni) reported

    @BeyondPresents @LozzaFox @OranMorGlasgow @voodoorooms Unfortunately, the BBC iPlayer won’t work outside the UK due to rights issues.

  • KatrianahUK Katrianah (@KatrianahUK) reported

    Me, sat in Starbucks, browsing iplayer: ooh pTerry documentary 5 seconds later: I HAVE MADE A TERRIBLE MISTAKE *sobbing* #GNUTerryPratchett

  • mandatenow Mandate Now (@mandatenow) reported

    @davidlrattigan We checked the broadcast + the iPlayer films between minutes 8 - 12. The error that was thought to exist, didn't. However a post on the same subject, the non existence of any cumpunction to report known or suspected abuse by clergy, will be has just been uploaded to our website

  • TheWisemanWB WISEMAN (Will Bond) (@TheWisemanWB) reported

    iPlayer have brought back the 2006 Robin Hood show and I CANNOT stop watching. Someone help.

  • Melonhead999 George Bernard Shaw (@Melonhead999) reported

    @derekrootboy it'll be on iplayer i should think, I was happy it wasn't terrible, as each adaptation of a discworld book I've seen, has been bloody awful

  • MyBrotherWoody My Brother Woody (@MyBrotherWoody) reported

    @ProtonVPN Hi, UK servers are not working tonight with iPlayer or More4.

  • David___Y David Y (@David___Y) reported

    Watching #DoctorWho on Iplayer because I forgot to watch on Sunday and it's just awful. I can't be bothered to name flaws, just know that I'm 22 minutes in & just want the show to be cancelled. It's a better fate than having Chris Chibnall as showrunner.

  • sundaypolitics Sunday Politics (@sundaypolitics) reported

    If you have a #Hernia #Repair you should be watching BBC2 now ,#VictoriaDerbyshire about #Mesh problems. You can of course catch it on iPlayer later. This is on now at 10.10am Wednesday 15th January 2020 .

  • MattSEvans1 Matt S. Evans (@MattSEvans1) reported

    @vpnAlert i have been using Ivacy vpn to unblock bbc iplayer. it works without a problem. nord on the other hand is good but really expensive.

  • sit_come Old Woman (@sit_come) reported

    @MaggieOliverUK The establishment still fudging the issue of racial targeting of white girls. Prime example right there on the BBC News at 10 pm tonight. Watch on iPlayer, approx ten minutes into the programme.

  • demileexxoox Demi (@demileexxoox) reported

    @itv2 needs to fix the iPlayer in a hot minute you know crashing every two mins 😭😭😭

  • TheRealSockey99 TheRealSockey99 (@TheRealSockey99) reported

    Turn luggage thief @martinkeown5 awful biast commantary off on the iPlayer #COYS #FACup

  • AdamJW93 Adam James White (@AdamJW93) reported

    @mickmar29 BBC iPlayer is a quality service

  • Adrian___Harvey I Am Not A Number (@Adrian___Harvey) reported

    @BBCSport @BBCiPlayer @BBCOne BBC got the YTS kids presenting in iPlayer tonight, bloody awful

  • palmerio56 Eileen Palmer (@palmerio56) reported

    @peter_levy Help! I can’t get you. The satellite signal is unavailable due to the weather so Iplayer hasn’t got you and the stronger signal in SKY 900s can only get Harry Grasham and guess who else is moonlighting there! Not doing the weather though!

  • tractarians The Young Tractarians (@tractarians) reported

    @cowjam @chinmj Yes — that is the issue. Was hoping it might have been made available outside of iPlayer (some BBC broadcast often end up on YouTube etc).

  • neilrsinden Potters Row (@neilrsinden) reported

    @SamsungUK - we have lost BBC iplayer on our Serif Mini TV since December. Please advise on a fix asap.

  • JaiManneh 🐘 (@JaiManneh) reported

    Here we go with ITV iplayer not working properly

  • guzziv8 ⚫️ Tony S (@guzziv8) reported

    @MorLachie @nevisradio Now getting me “Caledonian” fix from BBC Alba IPlayer - Ceilidh ba Bliadhn Uire (Don’t have the Gallic so thank goodness for subtitles 😂) hopefully you’ll be on T’Internet next week 🤞

  • BMHallio BMH (@BMHallio) reported

    @gordie79 @VictoriaCoren @lucrezianews @BBCTwo Actually, 'BBC iPlayer only works in the UK. Sorry, it's due to rights issues'. Happily some generous brits on the internet are willing to share though.

  • spotted1688 Dodo (@spotted1688) reported

    @HumaxUK @Glenikins Same here. #iPlayer stopped working sometime before Saturday. None of the unplug/replug strategies help with getting iPlayer working on my #humax on #freesat

  • AlexThorne1 Alex Thorne (@AlexThorne1) reported

    @BBCiPlayer Stepped around the issue by watching Dracula via my PS4 since the iPlayer app on my smart TV will either allow me SD or ultraHD.

  • HumaxUK Humax UK (@HumaxUK) reported

    @Glenikins Hi, We have become aware of an issue with BBC iPlayer app on our Freesat devices. Currently this app is not loading for some user. We are looking into this and hope to have a resolution soon. I am sorry for any inconveniences caused.

  • HumaxUK Humax UK (@HumaxUK) reported

    @Ganattus Hi, We have become aware of an issue with BBC iPlayer app on our Freesat devices. Currently this app is not loading for some user. We are looking into this and hope to have a resolution soon. I am sorry for any inconveniences caused.

  • caicavanagh Caitlin👻 (@caicavanagh) reported


  • claudialadds claudia ☀️ (@claudialadds) reported

    @itv2 fix your iplayer now

  • KeanuCampbell_ #365LifeChoices / Keanu (@KeanuCampbell_) reported

    How can my iplayer crash dead on 9pm 😤

  • chriscurrya17 Chris Curry (@chriscurrya17) reported

    @SamsungHelpUK I've given up with Samsung after they failed to solve the problem of the BBC iPlayer stopping working before Christmas. Samsung have lost a valued customer. Despite following their help over the phone, the promised call back from them never happened. Very poor.

  • tadmorgans Tony Morgan (@tadmorgans) reported

    @BBCiPlayer @CManwaniPottery @BBCiPlayer I have had the same issue since Saturday / keeps getting stuck on “BBC iPlayer LOADING” screen using @freesat_tv on @HumaxUK box - all other services including On Demand ones work fine

  • leehurrell Lee Hurrell (@leehurrell) reported

    Tuned in late to watch #DoctorWho and it seems they have landed on a planet where snoring is a problem. Gonna have to catch up on iplayer to find out

  • SeemsSoObvious In Plain Sight (@SeemsSoObvious) reported

    Catching up on #drwho on iPlayer. I used to love the science fiction space monster filled programme with plenty of terrible jokes and crazy fantasy storylines... but I don’t recognise the show anymore! It’s changed so much and not in a good way!

  • GENeedham George Needham (@GENeedham) reported

    @BBCiPlayer it’s 2020 and BBC iPlayer live stream quality is stuck in the early 2000s. Poor @GaryLineker , @jjenas8 and Danny deserve the HD treatment. Well maybe not Danny Murphy.

  • Choose33959441 Choose (@Choose33959441) reported

    BBC, IPlayer is not working /Loading!