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iPlayer Help Programme Availability How long are programmes available to watch on iPlayer?

How long are programmes available to watch on iPlayer?

We aim to offer all our programmes to stream or download on BBC iPlayer for 30 days after broadcast. However, for legal reasons, this isn’t always possible and there are some exceptions to the rule:

  • If a programme is repeated during those 30 days, we normally extend its availability.
  • We usually only make available the most recent episodes of the lunchtime, early-evening and late-evening News bulletins (though you can also stream the BBC News channel live, 24 hours a day). 
  • Some current affair programmes, such as HARDtalk, Click and Panorama, are available for 365 days after broadcast on the BBC iPlayer website on your browser. These may be available for a shorter period on other platforms.
  • BBC Three programmes can be available for longer than 30 days; in some cases they are available for a year or more. 
  • Some programmes in BBC Four Collections are available for a fixed period of more than 30 days. Others are available forever.
  • BBC iPlayer Exclusives (programmes that are only available on BBC iPlayer, not on any broadcast channels) are available for at least 30 days, sometimes longer. 
  • iPlayer programmes on Virgin HD are available for up to seven days.

How long are downloaded programmes available for?

Downloaded programmes have the same availability as they do on the BBC iPlayer website or app. So if a programme is available for 30 days, it will still expire after 30 days even if you download it. 


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