The BBC has moved to allow viewers to download iPlayer content on mobile devices for the first time, meaning that such content can now be taken abroad to be viewed on demand.
Previously the broadcaster had restricted mobile access to streaming only but the switch will give license fee payers additional flexibility in the timing and medium of their favourite shows.
It also brings mobile devices into line with desktop machines, which have had the ability to download content for some time.
Daniel Danker, the BBC's general manager of on-demand programmes, said: "This fundamentally changes one of the most annoying restrictions about viewing programmes. It means audiences are liberated from the constraints [of online-only viewing] and it fundamentally changes what it means to go on holiday."
"With mobile downloads, you can now load up your mobile phone or tablet with hours and hours of BBC programmes, then watch them on the road, on the tube, on a plane, without worrying about having an internet connection or running up a mobile data bill."
Downloaded content will persist for a maximum period of 30 days, seven after it has been watched, with a 16GB device capable of holding around 25 hours of content.
The download function is currently only available on Apple devices but will be made available on Android enabled services in the near future.