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Can you watch iPlayer on the Echo Show?

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Aunty on Alexa: you can watch the iPlayer on an Amazon Echo Show

Although Amazon keeps smashing out different-sized versions of the Echo Show, it isn’t doing much to let you watch video services on the screened Alexa devices. Instead, owners are having to rely on workarounds to watch video on the devices. The good news is there is a way to watch the BBC iPlayer on the Echo Show, giving British viewers an alternative to Amazon’s own video offering.

How to get iPlayer on the Echo Show

To watch iPlayer on the Echo Show, follow these steps:

  1. Install the Firefox browser

    If you haven’t done so already, install the Firefox browser. You can find precise instructions on how to install Firefox in this article.

  2. Enter the iPlayer address

    Once Firefox is installed, ask Alexa to “open Firefox” and then either enter into the browser’s address bar or search for ‘iPlayer’ and click on the link in the search results.

  3. Select the show you wish to watch

    It appears fairly simple from here – click on the show you want to watch and hit the Play button, right? Well, yes, but iPlayer doesn’t play particularly nicely with this version of Firefox, so you may find you have to scroll the screen a little to persuade the pink Play button to appear.

  4. Go full screen

    Once you’ve got the video to play, it’s best if you put the video window into full-screen mode, which is the button with four little triangles in the bottom right of the video window. Again, you may have to scroll down slightly to see this button. It can also take a second or two to react, so don’t be impatient!

  5. Leaving iPlayer

    When you’ve finished watching a show, you can pinch the screen to exit full-screen video mode and go back to the iPlayer browser menu. Or you can leave the browser altogether by saying: “Alexa, home”.

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Barry Collins

Barry has scribbled about tech for almost 20 years for The Sunday Times, PC Pro, WebUser, Which? and many others. He was once Deputy Editor of Mail Online and remains in therapy to this day. Email Barry at

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