BFI Player is a free application that enables you to play BFI Player video content you find on the BFI Player website on your iOS device.
NOTE: This app needs to be used in conjunction with the BFI Player website. It is not a stand-alone app.
Improved support for Google Chromecast.
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Beware Apple TV users
I wanted to use my Apple TV for BFI player but, unlike other streaming services, there is not a dedicated App available. Instead, you are offered an Apple administered add-on at £4.99/month. What about existing subscribers? I have an account w a BFI member discount, but that account cannot be accessed with the apple add on. Instead I found a way to watch a film through the convoluted system of browsing the website to purchase a rental which then opens up the app. The first time I used this, I eventually found the ‘correct’ way to cast this to my Apple TV by playing the film in my iPhone, then pressing the arrow at the bottom right to choose screen share. However, the next weekend, I rented another movie, but when I looked for the arrows to screen share, they were not there. There was no warning that some movies cannot be screen shared w Apple TV. I had to spend 20mins on the help line and eventually was given a refund. It kind of spoilt my movie night in. Why can’t BFI sort out this convoluted service. They are an amazing organisation of which I’ve been a member for decades, but the poor and over complicated accessibility and inconsistent ways and prices to access the service put the organisation in a bad light. The tech is there, get someone to make it work as easily as most other film streaming services big and small on all devices!
Unbelievably glitchy app
The iPhone app has zero normal functionality- I could only access my LFF films via links in my emails that then (sometimes) launched the app, sometimes took me to the App Store (it seemed to be pot luck which way it went). There was seemingly no way to simply open the app and watch the things directly from there. It was 50/50 whether the trailer played just sound or had sound and pictures. And I had to restart my film once in the first 5 mins and once after half an hour - had to force a restart - as it started buffering. I don’t know if there’s a slicker version for TV, I hope so. But a lot of people watch TV and movies on their phones so it really should be geared up for that. Or perhaps it’s something to do with anti-piracy measures? But there must be a better solution than this!
Amazing content, but app needs work
The BFI player is an amazing resource for great world cinema, and very welcome when the offerings from other streaming services is so poor. BUT, please sort out the app because it’s not really worthy of this fine subscription service. It doesn’t buffer for me (as other reviews have highlighted), but it is a nuisance losing your place in a film if you close the App (which sometimes you’re forced to do because it won’t play if you switch to another app then return). Further, the app should operate on its own rather than needing to go through the BFI player website first. Other than these app gripes, and that it is light on Russian cinema (no Tarkovsky, no Klimov’s ‘Come and see’!), what the subscription service supplies is brilliant.
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- The British Film Institute
- 17.8 MB
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 12.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
- Age Rating
- 12+ Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humour
- © 2013 British Film Institute
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.