Why must I sign in to a BBC account to use BBC iPlayer?

Without signing in, you won't be able to play programmes or choose to benefit from the personalised features that BBC iPlayer offers including adding programmes for later, getting personalised recommendations, and picking up where you left off across your devices.

We need to understand more about what people are watching to ensure we are providing something for everyone. Up until now we could only tell how many people used BBC iPlayer, but having more data like age, gender and location will ensure we’re better serving all our audience. We share some of your personal information with TV Licensing to check if you are using BBC iPlayer and to keep their database up to date.

Want to know more?

You won’t have to sign in every time you visit BBC iPlayer as you should stay signed in for two years on each web browser or app. Having trouble staying signed in? Check our Why do I have to sign in every time I use BBC iPlayer? FAQ for advice. 

If you need some help creating an account, visit the Using the BBC website. For help signing in, check our How do I sign in to BBC iPlayer? page.