The British Film Institute presents the best global cinema on-demand:
From classic and contemporary films to the best of the BFI National Archive.

General FAQ

What devices can I use to access BFI Player?

You can access the service on desktop, iPad and Android tablets, mobile devices and Samsung Smart TVs dating from 2013.

What operating system and browser do I need?

Operating systems

  • Mac OS X
  • Windows 7 or above
  • Windows 10 with Flash enabled
  • Android mobile and tablet running Jelly Bean (4.1) with Hook app
  • iPad 5th generation or newer running iOS 8.0 or above with our BFI Player app
  • iPhone iOS 8.0 or above with our BFI Player app


  • Chrome (version 46 or above)
  • Internet Explorer (version 10 or above)
  • Edge (version 12.1 or above)
  • Safari (version 8 or above)
  • Firefox (version 42 or above)

For desktop browsers you will need the latest version of Adobe Flash installed.

BFI Player is not optimised for earlier browser versions and may not function correctly.

What internet connection speed do I need?

We offer adaptive bitrate for playback that automatically adjusts to your internet connection speed. Buffering or pixilation however may occur on slow internet connections below 10Mbps.

I've paid for a film but it's not working.

Please use the Live Chat Support at the top of the page for immediate one-to-one support. Alternatively, you can contact us via email at, however responses will not be immediate.

Why can’t I watch BFI Player from outside the UK?

BFI Player is currently only available to users in the UK due to content licensing restrictions.

What is the BFI Members’ discount and who is eligible?

BFI Members get 15% discount on all film rentals. Here's how to register for your discount:

Already a BFI Member?

Please SIGN IN, go to ACCOUNT, and enter your membership details in the PROFILE section. Your discount will be automatically applied with each purchase.

Not a BFI Member?

Join now, then enter your membership details when you register for BFI Player. Please note, it can take up to 48 hours for new members to be validated on BFI Player.

I am a BFI Player Plus subscriber, do I qualify for membership discounts?

BFI Membership is not the same as a BFI Player Plus subscription. Only BFI Members are eligible for 15% discount on film rentals. Learn more about the full benefits to becoming a BFI Member.

Who do I contact about Britain on Film?

For general enquiries about our Britain on Film collection, contact

What do I do if I get a black screen when I try to playback?

In order to watch BFI Player you need to have the latest version of Adobe Flash installed.

I am getting a DRM authorisation error, how do I resolve this?

In your browser settings allow cookies for this site and refresh the page. If this does not resolve the error, please contact our Live Chat Support at the top of the page for immediate one-to-one support.

Can I download films on BFI Player?

No, you can only stream films on BFI Player.

Why do some films cost more?

Where we are premiering a film on BFI Player the same day as it's released in cinemas the pricing reflects the added value of this immediate availability.

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