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iPlayer Help How-to Guides How do I check if my internet connection is fast enough for BBC iPlayer?

How do I check if my internet connection is fast enough for BBC iPlayer?

Firstly, check if any other devices are using your internet connection at the same time. More devices consume the limited bandwidth of the connection so you may wish to disconnect devices that aren't needed. 

If that’s not it, check your internet connection speed using one of the following:

How fast does my internet connection need to be?

BBC iPlayer programmes stream at up to 5 Mbps or megabits (5000 kbps), depending on the quality. Our standard quality version is 1.5 Mbps (1500 kbps).

You’ll actually need a little more bandwidth than this to watch programmes on BBC iPlayer. If you think your internet connection is slower than expected, please contact your internet service provider.

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

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