Great news, iPlayer fans: the BBC has just updated its popular, universal TV streaming app, adding the ability to download shows to an iDevice for offline viewing.

Though the feature hasn’t hit the “(Global)” version of BBC iPlayer yet, folks in the United Kingdom can access version 2.0 of the application now. As outlined in iPlayer’s release notes, changes made in this version of the application include:

New for Version 2.0 – download TV programmes to watch anywhere. Never suffer a boring journey again.
Download TV programmes and they’re yours to keep for up to 30 days. Take your favourite programmes with you, be it on the way to work, on a flight, or with the kids in the car.

This really is the feature we’ve been waiting for. Though the iOS version of iPlayer has received the aforementioned feature first, the BBC has noted that the Android version of the app will be updated accordingly in the near future. Fans will be pleased to learn that the download feature incurrs no extra cost.

If you’re based in the UK, take a look at the recently updated BBC iPlayer in the App Store, and start downloading TV shows to your iDevice. If the global application is updated, we’ll let you know.

Source: The Guardian