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Why aren't all programmes available to download?

There are several reasons why a programme may be unavailable for download (where the download option is greyed out). Unfortunately as there are so many different programmes on the BBC we can't talk about specific programmes but these are some of the reasons the programme you're looking for may not be available for download.

Live Programmes

We occasionally showcase live events. When such a programme is being broadcast you’ll only be able to stream it. A downloadable version may be available shortly after the programme has finished its broadcast.

Not all live episodes will be downloadable due to the other reasons listed on this page.

The programme has only just been published 

If a programme has only recently become available, there may be a delay in processing the download files. This is most likely if the programme was broadcast live or close to live (recently recorded) and the files could not be prepared in advance. Try checking again later.


Sometimes we can’t acquire the rights to allow a programme to be downloaded. This is most common with sports programmes and films.

Technical Error 

Technical problems can cause a file not to be available.

If you think you've spotted a programme fault on BBC iPlayer, check the Latest Programme Issues section. If it's not listed, please let us know by clicking “Contact Us” at the bottom of this page and selecting “Report a Fault” as the contact type.

The guidance within this FAQ also applies to the iPlayer Kids app.

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