BBC Announces Family-Friendly iPlayer Kids App for iOS

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The BBC today unveiled the iPlayer Kids app for iOS, which allows children to safely access CBeebies and CBBC shows directly.

The family-friendly app offers access to over 10,000 shows and enables up to four profiles to be created on one device for the delivery of specialized content to each child.

BBC iPlayer Kids
Parents and guardians can create a profile for children by selecting an age and a character avatar to identify the child's account, after which specific programs for pre-schoolers or over-fives can be viewed.

Episodes can be downloaded over Wi-Fi to be watched away from the home, and shows are available to stream or download for up to 30 days each.

Alice Webb, director of BBC Children's, announced the app as a standalone solution apart from the BBC iPlayer app that caters exclusively for kids and keeps them safe from unsuitable content:

The BBC iPlayer Kids app meets the needs we know are absolute deal breakers for kids and parents. We’re offering choice and control, wrapped up in a child-friendly design and the largest range of home-grown UK content on a platform parents can trust.

The BBC app is both ad and in-app purchase free, and includes a parental control function that locks the app during use so children are unable to access any BBC links, other apps, or settings.

The BBC iPlayer Kids app is a free download on the UK App Store and available for iPhone and iPad. [Direct link]

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56 months ago

It annoys me that the BBC had made a big fuss over that its iPlayer allows people to watch TV without a licence when the only large group of people without a licence are students who cannot afford a licence like me...

Well if you can't afford a licence then don't watch tv. I can't afford Starbucks but it doesnt mean I nick them. If you can afford an iPhone, iPad or Mac then you can afford a tv licence.
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56 months ago

Not available in U.S. Store. Those who are in UK let in know how it is. That is if anyone from the UK visits MR.

Hey! There's a few of us around :)
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56 months ago
Not available in U.S. Store. Those who are in UK let in know how it is. That is if anyone from the UK visits MR.
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56 months ago
This app sounds excellent!

And it'll provide even greater value from the license-fee, for my family.
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Not available in U.S. Store. Those who are in UK let in know how it is. That is if anyone from the UK visits MR.

It wouldn't be, you don't pay the license-fee.

Downloading now - will have a look and let you know.
Oh and plenty of us do, by the way ; )
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56 months ago

I have a TV licence as I can afford it (I should have said) but my other flat mates can't and they want to watch TV but they can't. Its a bit unfair when retired people get free licences but we do not qualify as we should be better finically off. A lot of us are worse finically off because of we dont get benefits such as a free bus pass and free TV licence

As it currently stands you don't need a TV licence to watch TV that isn't live. So there is that.

Also there is a cheeky way-around that I know some students do. Technically, your parent's TV licence covers their TV as well as mobile devices such as laptops etc. Your laptop can be considered part of this as long as you don't plug the laptop into an outlet in your place - as soon as this happens it becomes a part of that flat and needs a TV licence.

Actually I say it's cheeky, it's on the website:

"A hall's licence doesn’t cover a student in their room. Their parents’ licence also won’t cover them, unless the student only ever uses devices that are powered solely by their own internal batteries, and they don’t plug them into an aerial or the mains."

http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one/for-your-home/students-aud1
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56 months ago

That is if anyone from the UK visits MR.

Lots of UK residents visit MR, however you've probably never noticed us as we're always on the competition/giveaway pages moaning that they're 'US-only' :-)
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