Getting started on a TV

BBC iPlayer is available on connected TVs, games consoles, set-top boxes, streamers and platforms including Freesat, Sky, Virgin Media, and YouView.

You can access BBC iPlayer in one of the following ways, depending on the device:

  • Launch the app
  • Use your device's on-screen menu and episode guide
  • Press the red button on your remote from a BBC channel

Check the manufacturers list at the bottom of the page to see if your connected TV or device is supported.

How do I use BBC iPlayer on my device?

  • Freesat

BBC iPlayer is available on compatible Freesat devices listed below.

If you have a Freesat with Freetime box, BBC iPlayer can be accessed by launching into the On Demand section from the Home menu. Your Freesat device will need to be connected to the internet to access BBC iPlayer.

  • Freeview Play 

If you're using Freeview Play to watch BBC iPlayer then you need to make sure your TV is connected to an aerial before you launch the BBC iPlayer app. For more information on Freeview Play visit their website.

  • Sky

Sky customers with a compatible Sky+ box can access BBC iPlayer from Sky's On Demand section. To find BBC iPlayer, select the TV Guide Button on your Sky remote control, navigate to the On Demand section and select Catch Up. Choose BBC iPlayer from the menu.

In addition, Sky Q owners can also use the BBC iPlayer app by selecting Home on their Sky remote, navigating to the Apps section, and selecting the BBC iPlayer app.

  • Virgin Media TiVo

Virgin Media TiVo users can find BBC iPlayer either via the connected red button or the Apps and Games directory. Within Virgin TiVo, you can also access BBC iPlayer by going left in the EPG and selecting content that is marked available for catch-up. 

  • YouView

BBC iPlayer is available on YouView, either through a YouView box or compatible YouView enabled 2015 Sony TV. You can use BBC iPlayer on YouView by either selecting BBC iPlayer from the 'Players' section, watching a BBC programme from the last seven days via the YouView electronic programme guide, or watching a BBC programme from the last seven days via the YouView On Demand area. In order to access BBC iPlayer, YouView devices need to be connected to the internet.

  • Smart TVs and internet connected devices

There are several different versions of BBC iPlayer which manufacturers use in their devices. Between these versions, due to technical limitations, there can be some variations in features (subtitles, HD etc.). Each device will need to be connected to the internet to use BBC iPlayer.

Select a manufacturer from the table below for information on what core functionality is available for each certified device.


Amazon Mitchell & Brown
Apple Netgem
Bang & Olufsen NOW TV
Bauhn Oppo
Bush Panasonic
Celcus Philips
Cello Polaroid
Digihome Roku
ElectriQ Sagemcom
Finlux Samsung
Google Seiki
Hisense Sharp
Hitachi Sony
Huawei TCL
Humax Techwood
Icecrypt Trimax Telefunken
JVC Technika
Laurus Toshiba
LG Triax
Linsar UMC
Loewe Vestel
Logik Visitech
Luxor Vodafone
Manhattan Walker