BBC iPlayer is a streaming service to watch your favorite online movies and TV series. It is a free service, and you can use it to watch all your radio and television programs from the BBC Network. It is accessible through the web browser and dedicated apps on several devices. For Apple TV, BBC iPlayer officially supports third and fourth-generation models on the App Store.
How to Install and Activate BBC iPlayer on Apple TV
Before installing the app, ensure that Apple TV firmware is updated and running on the latest version.
 Turn on your Apple TV and go to the App Store.
 Click on the Search icon. Type BBC iPlayer and then search for it.
 Choose the BBC iPlayer icon from the suggestion list and click the Get option.
 After installation, hit the Open button to launch the app.
 Wait for the home screen of BBC iPlayer to appear on your TV.
 Now, tap the Sign In option and note down the activation code.
 Visit https://account.bbc.com/account/tv on a web browser and tap the Sign In option.
 Enter your login credentials (email/username and password) and click on the Sign In menu.
 Now, enter the code and activate the device.
 After activating the device, you can stream the BBC iPlayer content on your Apple TV along with subtitles.
How to Watch BBC iPlayer on Apple TV [3rd & 2nd Generation]
Apart from installing the app, you could also watch British shows on Apple TV via the Airplay method. Users with third and second-generation Apple TVs can access this method.
 Install the latest version of BBC iPlayer on your iPhone or iPad.
 Connect your iPhone/iPad and Apple TV to the same WiFi network.
 Launch the BBC iPlayer app on your device and play the content you want.
 Hit the Airplay icon that you can see on the media player.
 Select your Apple TV and watch the content on the TV screen.
General Solutions for BBC iPlayer Not Working on Apple TV
If you had issues streaming BBC iPlayer on your Apple TV, fix it by
#1. Restart your Apple TV and launch the app after a few minutes. It will fix the issues associated with your device and app.
#2. Head to the App Store on your streaming device and update the BBC iPlayer app.
#3. If you have a poor internet connection, the media content will load slowly while playing in HD. So, ensure that the internet connection is working perfectly without any issues.
#4. Finally, update the Apple TV firmware and check whether the application is working. If not, reset the Apple TV and install the BBC iPlayer app again.
Frequently Asked Questions
BBC is a UK-based streaming service and cannot be accessed outside the UK. If you try to access it outside the UK, you will get an error message stating that “BBC iPlayer TV programmes are available to play in the UK only.”
Yes. BBC iPlayer is a free streaming service and can be accessed without any fee.