Often most of the channels will go missing & the only available ones will be the likes of Sky News & two other channels.
Provides BFBS TV services to members of the British Forces, including their dependents and other entitled users serving overseas.
BFBS TV Player a growing line up of 40+ UK TV channels with extra channels designed exclusively for the Forces. These are intended for viewers serving or posted outside of the UK and access is restricted within the UK.
To use the BFBS TV Player you must be a serving member of the UK Armed Forces and provide your Ministry of Defence email address to authenticate your log in. The App is not intended for unsupervised use by minors.
Overseas and only seeing 4 channels? Contact our Service Delivery team on email@example.com or +44(0)2037504567.
What's New in Version 1.7
Minor fixes and improvements.
VPP Device Licensing
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humour
Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
Infrequent/Mild Simulated Gambling
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
iOS 13.0 or later
iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE (2nd generation), iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone SEThirdGen, iPad (5th Generation) Wi-Fi, iPad (5th Generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation) Wi-Fi, iPad (6th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro, iPad Pro (Cellular), iPad Pro (9.7-inch), iPad Pro (9.7-inch) (Cellular), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (10.5-inch), iPad Pro (10.5-inch) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (11-inch), iPad Pro (11-inch) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air, iPad Air (Cellular), iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 (Cellular), iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Air (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini Retina, iPad mini Retina (Cellular), iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 (Cellular), iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 (Cellular), iPad mini (5th Generation), iPad mini (5th Generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (7th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation), iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air (4th Generation) (Wi-Fi), iPad Air (4th Generation) (Wi-Fi + Cellular), iPad (8th generation) Wi-Fi, iPad (8th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation), iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th Generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th Generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (9th Generation), iPad (9th Generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini (6th Generation), iPad mini (6th Generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad AirFifthGen, iPad AirFifthGenCellular, iPod touch (6th Generation), iPod touch (7th generation)
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From the days when we had a single channel on SSVC to this is incredible. The app works a treat for me, I am unsure what people can complain about as it’s free and works
I’m military working abroad & this app is the only access to U.K. tv & it’s impossible to watch on airplay as it constantly drops out & stops streaming.
Says login successful then doesn’t do anything
after logging in, I assume successfully. That’s it. Nothing else.
Consistently doesn’t recognise that you’re connected to a ‘PED policy green’ country. (Like the U.K.) and therefore only lets you access Sky Sports and Nepal TV. Not an especially great app. A low score of 2.4 stars suggests little to no customer support and little to no updates to deal with customers feedback.
Hi! How come I only have 4 channels available?
I love that the military are so badly supported. The update has made this unusable, it locks and freezes, customer support is terrible. It was far better 3 or 4 years ago.
Dont bother downloading this app. Learn the language of wherever you are posted and watch the local tv.
Recent update to 1.6 has meant that some channels will not mirror from iPad or iPhone. Still working with my MAC using 1.58.
Great App for watching live UK TV and a limited “catch-up” service. Good spread of channels for all interests.
So, as a daily user of BFBS & one that has always had great service, it’s frustrating that you do a “minor update” and it stops working on iPads prior to IOS 12! Why, this is crazy! Why not make it backwards compatible! No notice and we’re screwed! Thanks for nothing!
Have had some login issues, but works ok when it works
Only 3 channels for me , thought I would be able to get a few more
Trying to register:
“Are you a serving member?”
The only option is “No”
Therefore “You are not entitled to full access!”
I think someone with the IQ of the entire population of Kazakhstan 🇰🇿 made an app! Yes...
This service is a real lidl from saver for personal serving abroad. The sports content is second to none and the film and normal tv selection means never miss a show.
Impossible to watch any live sports on this app.
My wife watches soaps so I am forced to “try” and use this app for my sports.
Without fail it fails every time. It lags. Freezes. And stops all together.
Absolutely terrible when trying to watch live sports. Ok for soaps.
Remember this is my only way to watch any sports from home while I serve overseas.
It only gets one star because I have to select an option, otherwise it gets 0 (zero).
You can’t watch Premier League football but instead this app offers you Kantipur News or five episodes in a row of some unpopular 1980s sitcom.
Nice to know we are being looked after by those responsible for this.
I live outside the uk, but now no longer get all the channels that have been available for years. This is typical military offer so much but deliver so little I will be deleting this app and relying on internet streaming sites as they are more reliable and offer better service
Despite the low rating I think it’s actually OK. Of course, like any streaming service, it needs a decent internet connection. Even with a good broadband connection the quality of the picture has a 1990’s feel to it. This is fine though, as I don’t see it as service intended to compete with Netflix, Apple or Amazon, more of a better than nothing service to those overseas to watch UK tv, and in that regard it’s fine. I really appreciate it.
Since the update I’m presented with a blank screen after clicking ‘Login’
Amazingly after the update for ‘the new branding’ this app is worse than before. When you click to watch a show the screen size shrinks when you ask for full screen and then locks at that new tiny size.
When watching live screen on my iPad even when I click full screen it only plays in a small screen in the middle of my screen. Any ideas how to get it to play full screen
Waste of time!!
Try to register, tap yes or no. Only the no button works!!!
Yet again, when trying to use the service which you say you can provide, you’ve failed once again.
Why is there no way of contacting you on the app for support?
The user interface is pretty bombproof, however in use, the app has limited utility. Like all things involving data it is reliant on 2 things.
1. A big enough pipe; users with a slow internet link can look forward to dropped programmes, frozen screens and the buffering icon twirling continuously.
2. Capacity; those hoping to watch live sport/ a big game/international match need to be mindful that so too does everyone else. The capacity of BFBS to support the viewing pleasure of it’s outlying users is oft overmatched on these occasions, leading to at best, intermittent service or, more often, no service.
Overall the app isn’t too bad if you are in a big location with a lot of internet capacity. If not, then I’m afraid you will be continuously disappointed. The only way to support this internet disadvantaged community is via a satellite tv system. Sorry, but you cannot change the laws of physics.
Black screen with the sound is all I keep getting. As a previous review explains, promises a lot but might aswell listen to a radio as you will not get the picture!
Where’s itv? All stick no carrot again.
What a lot of rubbish, the app advertises uk tv channels but the app only provides 3 channels, Forces tv, sky news and Nepal tv
This is invaluable for personnel abroad, I’m so grateful for it. There is often a bit of buffering though, possibly caused by VPN speed?
Note, if you only have 3 channels then the app thinks you are in the UK! So if you are using a VPN abroad set it to somewhere not on the UK.
I would like to see BBC News 24 and BBC Parliament added in the future.
BFBS sort this app out. Live football just freezes, also sound from different channel to the one you watch!?
Only 3 channels available to watch, very poor. This seemingly has nothing to do with my location/signal strength as I am sat next to my laptop on which BFPS is fully working with all the channels, appears to be an App issue.
The app is rubbish! I can watch Netflix, YouTube I can even stream live tv but can’t watch anything on this app! Absolute rubbish app
The app and service is really good but I find it really annoying that it cuts programmes short on the catch up service...if this gets sorted out then winner.
3 channels? Nepal tv, forces tv with reruns of shows from the dawn of time and Sky News? Sort your lives out, SSVC!
Only works in a few countries, need a foreign VPN at the same time to even play something. Don’t bother using this for the football because it just cuts out every couple minutes. Crap
Slow to non existent , needs more infrastructure and app investment
This app is useless ! Works for around 30 seconds then the screen goes black but there is still sound ! It’s even worse while trying to watch live sport !
Great app if you only want to see 3 channels other then that it’s pointless
Sort the live sports out!! No picture!!
This App promises so much but is failing to deliver. The live football has never worked in the few attempts I’ve made. The best I can get is a few minutes and then a black screen with the sound still in the background.
The idea is fantastic I happily thought I would be able to watch the sports channel, however like other people I only have 3 channels to chose from, and yes I have the latest version
Great app, easy to navigate, useful features, high quality streaming, great selection of channels. Only issue is that on occasion, when streaming live sports, the audio will work but there’ll be no picture. Happens mostly with football.
Would recommend app.
I’m only seeing 3 channels available so the app is getting 1 star from me. If things improve I may look at using it regularly. Until then I’ll stick with sky go.
This App has too many short comings and fails. You can’t stream a lot of the channels and tonight it would not update to allow the viewing of the England game. This is not the first time it has frozen on a significant sporting event.
Good app but it's very annoying when the programs aren't complete! Often misses the last 5 mins or with films misses an hour! You fix that I'll give it 5*
Very good app, I’ve not really had any problems on with it. Only when selecting a program to watch on demand it should have the date in which the program was aired so you don’t watch an episode ahead of where you are, it just tells you the date and time that you’re currently on your phone
Good with lots of channels.
However really bad at streaming sport.
Terrible service, access to channels is hot and miss, very unreliable, I am serving overseas, I have great connectivity and the player is the only app I use that isn’t reliable. I cannot plan/guarantee I will get access to a channel, the access is a lottery. This is common amongst my colleagues, they experience the same problems. I would prefer to pay for a service that is consistent and works.
Can’t get past the Defence Gateway login screen takes me to the error occurred page then clicking on the link does nothing but reload the same page... disappointing
Rubbish since update, can’t watch sports via screen mirroring, just get a black screen.
Was ok before, at best. Latest update leaves it with 3 channels. Can’t see anyone needing or even wanting this app anymore.
Average app before the recent update.
Fantastic now with more channels and ability to view programmes shown in last 24hrs.
Perfect for those of us overseas!
Put in Def Gateway credentials can get everything other than BFBS which has a message that tells me I’m not registered with Def Gateway!
The updates have made this app worse it does not tell you what’s on in the time zone you live in and you can’t set the time zone.
After many attempts at logging in, I've not once managed to get this app to work. Very disappointing.
Great app for UK servicemen and woman to get British TV (incl Sports Channels) when deployed. The guy who wrote this app is crap is probably a Walter Mitty who was just gutted he couldn't get onto the service.
Promises so much but in reality offer nothing app constantly crashes saying "Unexpected http 404 - Not Found. But at least on paper they can say they are offering the service.
Would be great if it ever worked.
Crashes every single time.
But at least on paper they are offering a service to the boys, without actually making sure it delivers the product.
I can't even get past the log in screen, it keeps telling me I've got a network issue when there is no network issue!!