BBC iPlayer buffering/choppy playback on PS4 issue under investigation; subtitles coming to iPlayer on Apple TV

BBC iPlayer is available on multiple platforms ranging from the Apple TV to consoles such as the PS4 and even Android or iOS devices.

The on-demand video streaming service serves up some of the best TV series as well as live BBC TV channels for viewers in the UK.


For the most part, BBC iPlayer comes with all the bells and whistles that you’d expect from a video streaming service such as sub-titles, a TV guide, and more.

Moreover, BBC keeps its apps across all platforms updated and bug-free for the most part. Speaking of which, BBC has confirmed that they’re aware of the buffering or choppy playback issues on the PS4.


Apparently, some BBC iPlayer users on the PS4 have been reporting that some programs are buffering or the playback is choppy.

BBC has confirmed that ‘Match of the Day’ is one of the programs that is affected by this glitch or bug.

Unfortunately, it has not divulged any details regarding an ETA for the fix. Hence, the issue may get fixed within a couple of days or may take even longer.

That said, this isn’t the only thing BBC has recently shed light on. In a separate help article, the company has revealed information about why BBC iPlayer does not support subtitles on Apple TV.


According to the company, delivering subtitles on the Apple TV requires a significantly different solution to what they use across other platforms.

Hence the reason why BBC iPlayer does not support subtitles via Apple TV. The good news, however, is that BBC is working to bring the feature to Apple TV as well.

But the company has not shared any timeline which suggests that it might take a while before users finally get to see subtitles while watching content on Apple TVs via BBC iPlayer.

Whatever the case, we’ll post an update if and when there are any further developments regarding the buffering or choppy playback on the PS4 or when subtitles finally make their way over to BBC iPlayer via Apple TV.

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Dwayne Cubbins

I've been interested in tech for as long as I can remember. And I used to be a Windows Phone enthusiast. When I am not writing about tech, I'm on the couch playing games with my squad. Oh, I also play the guitar and drums.