The feature will be supported on a range of different handsets and tablets running both the Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean version of Android. Once viewers press play for the first time, they’ll then be able to keep watching the same episode or feature for seven more days.
Videos will download in what BBC calls ‘High Quality’ by default, although it’s possible to manually switch between standard definition and high definition files in the app’s settings.
The BBC estimates that 70 percent of its existing Android users will be able to take advantage of the feature at launch. The Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013 versions), Nexus 4, HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 are but a few of the devices supported.
The 7-inch Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD are two notable absentees though – the BBC says they’re working with Amazon to get them onboard.
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