Is iPlayer down?

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.

 Problems detected at iPlayer

iPlayer problems in the last 24 hours

iPlayer Outage Chart 05/06/2021 14:50

May 06: Problems at iPlayer

iPlayer is having issues since 07:00 PM GMT. Are you also affected? Leave a message in the comments section!

Most Reported Problems:

  • Playback Issues 36.69% Playback Issues
  • Buffering 30.77% Buffering
  • Sign in 17.75% Sign in
  • Crashing 13.61% Crashing
  • Video Quality 1.18% Video Quality

iPlayer Outage Map

The most recent outage reports and issues originated from:
United KingdomHitchin Buffering
United KingdomUpper Basildon Buffering
United KingdomRomford Buffering
United KingdomNorwich Buffering
United KingdomBirmingham Crashing
United KingdomMilton Keynes Playback Issues

iPlayer Comments

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iPlayer Issues Reports

Latest outage, problems and issue reports in social media:
  • Huffy1001 Dan Potter (@Huffy1001) reported

    HuffyTechStuff: Just my Amazon Echo Settings hope they might help👍 (1) Amazon Echo Dot Settings | Echo Dot Bluetooth Vol. 57% / 76% (BBC iPlayer) 90% (Disney+) | LG 49UH850V Bluetooth Vol. 52 | M-Connect app +44 (BBC iPlayer) or +62 (Disney+)

  • MrMay85 James May (@MrMay85) reported

    @CBeebiesHQ I’m trying to get Bluey on iPlayer but most of the episodes come up with an error - do you know why? Also, can you make them all available on iPlayer at once - I’ve have 2 obsessed girls here!

  • PaulStevensx Paul Stevens (@PaulStevensx) reported

    @annita_mcveigh Ok thanks, I'll try and get it on Freeview or iPlayer. Keep up the good work! 👍

  • GeraintLT Geraint Lloyd-Taylor (@GeraintLT) reported

    @Channel4 why is All 4 or whatever it’s called routinely unwatchable? The fibre broadband works fine - Netflix, Sky, Amazon, iPlayer all work perfectly. But All4 always gets stuck on the 4 dots of doom… for aaaages. I don’t have the patience. I just wish it worked properly.

  • rthwaites Richard Thwaites (@rthwaites) reported

    @muzzer_daftbat @WinderAsInMere Quality Sunday night mild peril! Is it on the iplayer?

  • SharonMoncur Sharon Moncur (@SharonMoncur) reported

    Settled down to watch last night’s Holby City on record ... to find that after five years + of having it on permanent record it’s decided to stop recording. We can’t get iPlayer outside the U.K. Who knows why but a little irritating. Appreciate it’s a first world problem.

  • f1cowboyman Mr F1Cowboyman (@f1cowboyman) reported

    @racefansdotnet @RacingLines My issue with this is a return to the days of crappy 30 mins build up shows. We are living in the golden era of coverage in the UK, in my opinion. I can't see how it would work on free TV. The BBC could use the red button / iPlayer but it's unlikely.

  • Debs2500 Debs (@Debs2500) reported

    @King_fisher123 @JarvieJudy I saw yesterday's, need to watch the ones I missed on iPlayer y'know I used to work for Estee Lauder! Looking forward to the 40s one!!

  • CuzIze Cuzize Wurfit (@CuzIze) reported

    @rainy101 Apparently they ditched the alarm because it didn't work properly in iPlayer Radio. It worked fine for me, and was the main reason I used it. Maybe someone overslept and tried to sue them or something.

  • helenmcnulty Make Your Message With Helen McNulty (@helenmcnulty) reported

    @Tweetinggoddess I am also not watching it Sam. I really wish I was though, but I have no telly and BBC iPlayer doesn't work here!

  • mooncbang lau (@mooncbang) reported

    I want to binge watch this country again but bbc iplayer doesn't work here big sad

  • nikolatosic nikolatosic (@nikolatosic) reported

    @Rubberbandits Your documentary can only be seen in UK. I got this message: "BBC iPlayer only works in the UK. Sorry, it’s due to rights issues." I suggest switching to a platform made for the 21st century.

  • TheReverendBlog The Reverend (@TheReverendBlog) reported

    @themoneyshed not that we've noticed. We watched fly-boy and metal arm with no issues. iPlayer and netflix seem to be fine. But I presume they do buffer a small bit so that issues like me (short periods of broadband disconnection) don't cause viewing issues.

  • RaffertyRy RaffertyRy 💙 (@RaffertyRy) reported

    BBC iPlayer app tot unresponsive on my 2014 Sony Bravia smart TV, model KDL-40W605B @SonyUK Is that one of the models BBC decided to cut off streaming to pls? Never had problem w. it till now. Was bad enough never being able to get ITV hub on Sony due to yr disagreement w. them

  • jfeatherstonemc Justin Featherstone (@jfeatherstonemc) reported

    @EHowlett What a time for iPlayer issues! I remember binging the last episodes...

  • JackieMDay Jackie Day (@JackieMDay) reported

    If you watch on iPlayer you can fast forward the awful judges on #allthatglitters

  • mrsjadeknowles Jade Knowles (@mrsjadeknowles) reported

    @BBCiPlayer @badwolfbay23 I'm having the same problem. This link shows you how to turn autoplay on and off on the old version of iPlayer but it has since been updated. Any other way to rectify this problem?

  • ayeyeahyup Desy reynolds (@ayeyeahyup) reported

    @elainemca1996 For the record. Phone up the TV licensing place and tell them you do not require a TV licence because you do not watch live TV or BBC Iplayer and that's you sorted for a few years. If you need any help or info it's all at tv licensing resistance forum uk.

  • SVlaskovic Slobodanka (@SVlaskovic) reported

    Is BBC server down? Can't open iplayer not bbc sounds?

  • ccllumhighway hollie (@ccllumhighway) reported


  • velobetty Elisabeth Anderson 💙 (@velobetty) reported

    @jodlepodle What kind of broadband do you have? Is it over a phone connection? The local phone loop can get congested at peak times and mean the bandwidth is low. Netflix is good at handling bandwidth issues so is likely the last man standing. Have you tried iPlayer too which is quite good?

  • SocialistCrow Socialist Crow (@SocialistCrow) reported

    @0_ayanna Yeah, I'll watch it from the beginning on iPlayer. Just glad I can get my next RPDR fix.

  • patricksmash Paddy Berry (@patricksmash) reported

    @SkyHelpTeam just had all my channels go down in the middle of the storm. Online shows no issues but I'm getting a technical error. In the middle of the snooker as well. Thank god for iPlayer.

  • RossyBearr RossyBearr (@RossyBearr) reported

    @CiaraKawaii_ Try using holavpn on Chrome and using UK as the VPN and then going to the BBC iPlayer website ... Should work ... Or use a paid VPN if you have access

  • wighthatmike Mike Atkinson (@wighthatmike) reported

    @maggieinlondon @BBCiPlayer I totally agree, it should just work. I don’t know much (anything!) about iPlayer but I know the bbc used to put a lot of effort into interopability. It really sounds like a device issue. One last suggestion to help show where the problem is...

  • wighthatmike Mike Atkinson (@wighthatmike) reported

    @maggieinlondon @BBCiPlayer That’s weird. It sounds to me like a device/broadband issue. I watch iPlayer across 2 different tellies and 3 different mobile devices with no problems, ever. Also never seen a problem at work or in other people’s houses/hotels. Do you mind sharing what device you’re watching on?

  • Athique57 AR (@Athique57) reported

    BBC IPlayer is the worst platform created. Buffering galore. Unbelievable waste of tax payers money. #Snookerworldchampionships

  • mariepercival Marie #FBLC (@mariepercival) reported

    @r2ph That’s what iPlayer is for. I watch dramas semi live so I can rewind if I don’t get something. Dud to help a jot last night as it was just so disappointing 👎

  • bottomstongues Esmé (@bottomstongues) reported

    Starstruck on the iPlayer is ok. I keep seeing people saying how special and extraordinary and beautiful it is, but it feels like people just say that about every new show now (unless it’s ‘the worst show evers’) 🙈

  • rachaelgrocott Rachael Grocott (@rachaelgrocott) reported

    Not at work ✅ Brand new tv ✅ Just seen that S3 of The Killing is on iPlayer ✅ Day sorted ✅