Are you playing BBC iPlayer content from a mobile device or computer, but it won’t cast to your TV? Is the cast button not showing up on your device? This guide will help you figure out why it happens and how you can fix the issue by performing some easy troubleshooting steps.

Chromecast is a very user-friendly device to cast BBC iPlayer content to a TV. However, it’s not always a foolproof setup, and you can run into problems with the app or the device itself.

In this article, we’ll talk about whether you can cast from BBC iPlayer from a mobile device or computer to your TV. We’ll also be discussing how to cast iPlayer content on your TV and why your cast is not working. In the last section, we’ll provide you with fixes for the BBC iPlayer casting issues.

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Can you cast from BBC iPlayer?

If you have a Chromecast dongle attached to your TV, you can cast programs on it using the BBC iPlayer app on an iOS or Android device. You can also cast BBC content from a Chrome browser on a computer. However, you need to install and enable the Chromecast extension on the browser.

Once you’ve cast your program through a computer, tablet, or cellphone, you can continue to use them for other uses. But, if you are using Chrome for casting BBC iPlayer, you can’t close the active tab. Otherwise, the casting will end immediately.

How do I stream BBC iPlayer to my TV?

To cast and stream BBC content on TV from a mobile device, install the latest version of the iPlayer app on your cellphone or tablet. Once your device detects the Chromecast dongle attached to your TV, a Cast icon will magically appear within the app. Now you can select any program in the iPlayer app, use the cast option, and press play to stream BBC content on your TV. 

To cast BBC iPlayer content from a computer on your TV, you need to install and activate the Chromecast extension on the Chrome browser. Next, open a tab on the browser and visit the BBC iPlayer website. Select any program and click on the Cast icon located in the browser’s control bar. Now choose your TV as a destination casting device.

Why is my cast not working?

If you can’t cast BBC iPlayer content from a computer or mobile device to your TV, it could be due to one of the following reasons.

  • Your device is not connected to the same internet connection as the Chromecast dongle.
  • Your internet connection is experiencing poor speed and signal strength.
  • You are running Chromecast on the wrong network frequency.
  • Antivirus or firewall settings are interfering with the computer’s connection to the Chromecast dongle.
  • You are trying to cast live iPlayer streaming from the BBC website.
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How to fix the BBC iPlayer Casting issue?

You can quickly fix the “BBC iPlayer won’t cast to TV” issue by following these troubleshooting steps.

Use the app to watch live channels

If you want to cast Live BBC content to your TV, you can only do so with an iPlayer app installed on your cellphone or tablet. However, BBC iPlayer Live content casting is not possible from the BBC iPlayer website on your computer’s Chrome browser.

However, once the program is available on-demand shortly after the live broadcast, you can cast the content from your computer to your TV set.

Disable antivirus or firewall

Are you connected to the Chromecast dongle on your TVs but can’t see the Cast icon on the Chrome browser? This happens when the antivirus or firewall settings interfere with your computer’s connection to the Chromecast dongle.

To fix this issue, disable the antivirus and firewall and reboot your computer. Now try to cast the BBC iPlayer app to your TV and see if that fixes the problem.

Reset your router

It seems pretty obvious, but your internet connection speed can be too slow to let Chromecast cast BBC iPlayer content from your device to TV. For a quick fix, try resetting and rebooting your router and see if that works.

Furthermore, your internet signal may be too far away from your Chromecast dongle. Therefore, try placing the router closer to Chromecast to improve WiFi signals.

Ensure the device and Chromecast are on the same network

If your mobile device or computer can’t communicate to the Chromecast dongle, you might not be on the same WiFi network. Your Chromecast dongle needs to be on the same WiFi network as your device.

To confirm this, connect the Chromecast dongle to an HDMI port of your TV and launch the Google Home app. Next, select your device and go to Settings. Under “Device Information,” you can see your Chromecast is connected to which network. Verify that it is on the same network as your mobile device or computer.

Check frequency bands

A WiFi network operates over two frequency bands: 2.4GHz and 5GHz. However, Chromecast works on only the 2.4GHz band. To change the frequency band, access the settings of your router. Next, enable guest mode and select 2.4GHz for your Chromecast.

Restart Chromecast dongle

You can restart your Chromecast device to fix a lot of app connectivity issues. Remember, a simple restart won’t wipe all of your cast data. Therefore, you can do this without any worry in your head. To restart the Chromecast device,

  • Connect the Chromecast device to your TV.
  • Next, go to the Chromecast device Settings and select “More Settings.”
  • Now select the “Systems” option, and finally, select “Restart.”

Once the Chromecast device finishes its restarting cycle, you should be able to cast BBC iPlayer content to your TV from the mobile app or computer browser.

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Conclusion

Hopefully, this guide helped you cast BBC iPlayer content to your TV. However, if you are still facing any issues, try changing the Chromecast power supply and using the HDMI extender cable as well. Also, make sure that the power supply you buy matches your Chromecast model’s specifications.

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