BBC iPlayer crashing ‘at the perfect time’ as England faces off against Iran at the World Cup

‘What do I pay the license fee for?’ BBC iPlayer crashing ‘at the perfect time’ as England faces off against Iran at the World Cup sparks waves of mockery from frustrated fans

  • The issues started at around 13:00 GMT, just as the World Cup game began
  • MailOnline experienced an error message reading: ‘Sorry, it looks like something’s not working right now. Please try again in a few minutes’ 
  • Disappointed fans have taken to Twitter, criticising the IT failure 

BBC iPlayer has gone down much to the disappointment of fans who tuned in to watch England’s game against Iran

The issues started at around 13:00 GMT, just as the World Cup game began. 

MailOnline tried to access BBC iPlayer, and was met with an error message reading: ‘Sorry, it looks like something’s not working right now. Please try again in a few minutes.’ 

So far, more than 10,000 issues have been logged on Down Detector. 

Of those who reported problems, 40 per cent said they were having issues with video streaming, 39 per cent with server connection, and 22 per cent with the app. 

Several frustrated users have taken to Twitter to discuss the outage. 

One wrote: ‘bbc iplayer not working. ffs this isn’t what i don’t pay my tv license for.’

Another added: ‘How is BBC IPlayer down during the flipping World Cup?? Poor from BBC.’

And one vented: ‘BBC iplayer is down two minutes before kick off. F***ing fantastic.’  

Meanwhile, other users were able to access BBC iPlayer, but complained of a delay. 

One tweeted: ’90 secs delay on bbc iplayer website, excellent.’

‘Two minute delay on iplayer so any potential celebrations may be a bit behind,’ another added.   

The 1pm kick-off for today’s World Cup opener left many England fans facing the prospect of not being able to watch the highly-anticipated game today. 

BBC iPlayer has gone down, just as England's game against Iran has kicked off in Qatar

BBC iPlayer has gone down, just as England’s game against Iran has kicked off in Qatar

MailOnline tried to access BBC iPlayer, and was met with an error message reading: 'Sorry, it looks like something’s not working right now. Please try again in a few minutes'

MailOnline tried to access BBC iPlayer, and was met with an error message reading: ‘Sorry, it looks like something’s not working right now. Please try again in a few minutes’

So far, more than 10,000 issues have been logged on Down Detector. Of those who reported problems, 40 per cent said they were having issues with video streaming, 39 per cent with server connection, and 22 per cent with the app

So far, more than 10,000 issues have been logged on Down Detector. Of those who reported problems, 40 per cent said they were having issues with video streaming, 39 per cent with server connection, and 22 per cent with the app

However, much of the country’s workforce will be away from the office and instead glued to TV screens this afternoon.

Some schools have ‘rearranged’ or halted lessons altogether to allow pupils to watch the match, while traffic levels were down in several cities including London and Birmingham as employees still working chose to work from home.

Up to 11 million people are expected to pull a sick day in order to watch the match, according to a YouGov poll, and fans have been pictured packing out pubs with a pint of beer in hand.

In addition, more than one in ten said they intend to sneakily watch England’s opening fixture during their work hours without their employer knowing.

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