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Author: Alastair, BuZz, Dink, dlake02
Website: link
Type: Music/Audio and Video

License: GPL v2.0
Source: Source code
Summary: Watch TV and listen to radio from the BBC's iPlayer website
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This XBMC plugin enables (UK only) the playing of TV and Radio catchup content from the BBC IPlayer website. Live radio and TV feeds are also supported.


Emblem-important-yellow.png DEPRECATED:
Development on this add-on has ceased. Users are advised to update to Kodi v19 "Matrix" and install the iPlayer WWW video add-on (, v4.0 or greater.

Supported streams

  • TV streams supported: 512x288 VP6@512Kbs, 640x360 H.264@800Kbs, 832x468 H.264@1500Kbs & 1280x720 H.264@3200Kbs
  • Radio streams support: Real, MP3 & AAC

Note: Not all streams are available for all episodes nor supported on all platforms


  • This add-on doesn't work outside of the UK. The BBC iPlayer service ensures that only UK IP addresses can access iPlayer content.
  • For Live TV a Windows or Linux build of at least SVN:21747 (2009-07-18) is required. For XBox support use a build of at least SVN:21819 .
  • For Windows and Linux users some of the Radio streams don't work. XBMC on Windows and Linux does not support the rtsp:// protocol which is needed by some of the catchup and live radio streams.
  • This add-on supports the Flash H.264 HD streams but needs an XBMC build, Windows or Linux, SVN:20015 or later. Configure video streams via the plugins settings.
  • This add-on supports Flash H.264 800Kb streams on the XBox but needs at least a build SVN:20810.
  • This add-on supports the Flash AAC radio streams but needs an XBMC build, Windows or Linux, SVN:20015 or later. Configure audio streams via the plugins settings.

Manual Installation

Download the iPlayer add-on zip file from this link and install it by following these directions.

Apple TV 2 (black)

Forum threads

The three release threads for this add-on on the Kodi forum contains a host of interesting information about using it. (Please search them first before posting, your issue may have already been addressed.)

  1. [REQUEST] BBC iPlayer (Video) Plugin or Script? (started Thu., Jun. 28th, 2007, 0858h)
  2. [RELEASE] iPlayer - BBC Video and Music Plugin (UK only!) (started Tue., May 19th, 2009, 0428h)
  3. Release - iPlayer plugin v2.7.1 (new thread) (started Wed., Mar. 18th, 2015, 1231h)

Posts answering common questions


  • Does the plugin support subtitles?
    • Yes, just enable subtitles in the plugin settings.


  • If you believe you have found a bug or would like to request a feature then create a new issue.


This project is based on a no longer maintained XBMC iPlayer project.

Thanks for all the hard work by the XBMC guys and to highlandsun for the new libRTMP functionality. Thanks to all those on the forums that have contributed patches, feedback and advice.