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BBC launches iPlayer downloads
A new download feature will allow people to store BBC programmes from the iPlayer on to their phone
The BBC has launched a new download feature which means people can store programmes from the iPlayer on to their phone or tablet and watch them later without an internet connection.
The shows can be downloaded for free and kept for up to 30 days and watched anywhere.
The new feature is available on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices and will be introduced to Android devices later this year.
Daniel Danker, general manager for 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.
"Viewers have up to 30 days to begin watching a downloaded programme, so you can even fill up your device and take the BBC with you on holiday."