How to Install and Watch BBC iPlayer on NVIDIA Shield TV | (2024)


This is a step-by-step guide on how to install and watch BBC iPlayer on NVIDIA Shield TV and Android TV.

BBC iPlayer is one of the most popular free streaming services that is only available in the UK region. You cannot access the BBC iPlayer content on your device from anywhere in the world except the UK because of geo-restrictions.

BBC iPlayer offers movies, TV shows, news, documentaries, live sports, Originals, and whatnot. People living in the UK can install the BBC iPlayer app directly from the Google Play Store while the others will have to sideload the app using Downloader.

Since the app is available only in the UK, it is recommended to use a VPN and connect to the UK server to access the service from anywhere else in the world.

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How to install BBC iPlayer on NVIDIA Shield TV Using Downloader

If you want to install and use the BBC iPlayer app on your NVIDIA Shield TV from anywhere in the world, you have to sideload it as a third-party app. I have used the Downloader app for this purpose.

Before you begin, make sure to install and use an ExpressVPN on Shield TV to ensure that your connection is private and secure.

Now follow the steps below:

Step 1: From the Home Screen of your Shield TV, select the Google Play Store


Step 2: Click on the Search icon


Step 3: Click on the Search bar


Step 4: Type Downloader in the search bar and hit Search


Step 5: Click the Install option


Step 6: Wait for the app to install


Step 7:  Click Open once the app is installed successfully


Step 8: Click Allow to give Downloader access to your photos, media, and files


Step 9: The Quick Start guide will pop up on the screen, Click OK


Step 10: Now return to the home screen, click on the Settings icon


Step 11:  Go to the Device Preferences


Step 12: Scroll down to the Security & Restrictions tab


Step 13: Select the option Unknown Sources


Step 14: Enable the Downloader App


Step 15: Return to the Security & Restrictions tab and turn off the Verify Apps option again


Step 16: From the home menu, select the Downloader app


Step 17: The Home Screen of the Downloader app looks like this


Step 18: Type and click Go


Step 19: Wait while the app is downloading on your device


Step 20: Once the download is completed, click Install


Step 21: Wait for the installation to complete


Step 22: Click Open


Step 23:  BBC iPlayer app will launch on your device


That’s how you can install the BBC iPlayer app on your Shield TV using the Downloader app. however, you will require a VPN to use it outside the UK.

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How to Use BBC iPlayer on NVIDIA Shield TV

BBC iPlayer app is installed on your device, now it’s time to use it. As I discussed above, you can’t install or use it on any of your streaming devices without a VPN, so make sure you have installed and subscribed to ExpressVPN on your Shield TV.

Follow the steps below to use BBC iPlayer app on your Shield TV:

Step 1: From the home screen of your Shield TV, click the Apps option


Step 2:  Select ExpressVPN from the list of apps


Step 3: Click Open


Step 4: ExpressVPN will open on your device


Step 5: Connect to the UK server


Step 6: Now open the BBC iPlayer app on your Shield TV and click Sign in


Step 7: Enter your email address and password to log in. Enjoy streaming movies and shows of your choice with BBC iPlayer


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Movies and TV Shows to watch on BBC iPlayer 

Some of the most popular BBC iPlayer movies and TV shows for you to watch are listed below:

  • Dolittle
  • Top Gear
  • The Girl Before
  • Spiderman: Far from Home
  • Shaun The Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas
  • Late Night
  • King of Thieves
  • The Queen
  • Ghosts
  • You Don’t Know Me

BBC iPlayer Alternatives for NVIDIA Shield TV

If you are still unable to access the BBC iPlayer app, you can try out some of the following alternatives on your Nvidia Shield TV:

FAQ’s – BBC iPlayer  

Is BBC iPlayer available in the US?

No, it’s only available in the UK. If you are based outside the UK, you will not be able to access the BBC iPlayer app on Shield TV without a VPN.

How much does BBC iPlayer cost?

BBC iPlayer is a free streaming service so you don’t need to pay any subscription or registration fee to use it on your Shield TV. All you have to do is to install the app and start using it right away.

How do I get BBC iPlayer?

You can either install the BBC iPlayer app on your Shield TV from the Google Play Store (if you are living in the UK) or use the Downloader app (if you are from anywhere else in the world).

Key Takeaways

Want to install and use BBC iPlayer on your Shield TV but are clueless about the process? This guide is all about how you can install and use the BBC iPlayer app on your Shield TV.

The first method to install the BBC iPlayer app is using the Downloader app while the other method is downloading it directly from the Google Play Store.

Since the app is not available anywhere else except the UK, you will require a VPN like ExpressVPN to access it at your location.

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