BBC iPlayer launches mobile download service

Take your favourite shows away with you

The BBC has upgraded its iPlayer catchup service to enable remote downloads to a mobile device

Viewers will be able to download programs for 30 days onto a tablet or smartphone, enabling you to load up on the likes of Dr. Who for those long train journeys.

You'll need Wi-Fi to download the program and once you've pressed play, you'll have to finish the program within seven days.

But we're sure you'll agree its a small price to pay to have EastEnders with you wherever you roam.

Daniel Danker, General Manager, Programmes and On-Demand for the BBC said: “With mobile downloads for BBC iPlayer, you can now load up your mobile phone or tablet with hours and hours of BBC television programmes, then watch them on the road, on the tube, on a plane, without worrying about having an internet connection or running up a mobile data bill."

The move shows the Beeb is embracing the fact that more and more of us want content on our mobile devices. In July 2012 alone, there were 30m requests for iPlayer programs coming from a smartphone or tablet - an increase of 142% year on year.