How can I watch live on the BBC website?

Page updated: 4th June 2019

You can watch live streams and programmes on BBC iPlayer, BBC News and BBC Sport (when available) as they're being broadcast on television or online. You can also watch recorded video clips at any time.

You will need to be signed in to your BBC account to watch live and on-demand television and streams on the BBC website. Find out more about creating and using a BBC account on the Using the BBC website.

On 1 September 2016 it became law that you must own a TV licence to watch live and on-demand programmes on BBC iPlayer, and to download programmes from BBC iPlayer. For more information on this, please refer to the TV Licensing website.

Some streams are available to viewers within the UK only. If you are in the UK but are being told that you are not, please read our Why does BBC iPlayer think I'm outside the UK? FAQ. 

We use two media players across BBC Online: HTML5 and Adobe Flash (Adobe Flash Player 10.2 or later). Visit to check what player your browser is currently using and to switch across to the HTML5 player (if you've been offered Flash by default). If you don't see an option to switch over to HTML5, it's because you're already using the HTML5 player.


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