BBC launches iPlayer service for Macs and Linux

BBC launches iPlayer service for Macs and Linux

Summary: A streaming version of the online TV on-demand service has been launched for non-Windows platforms, with a download version due in 2008

TOPICS: Networking

A streaming version of the BBC's iPlayer online TV on-demand service has been launched for the Windows, Mac and Linux platforms.

This is the first time a UK broadcaster has provided an on-demand streaming service for all three platforms.

The download version of iPlayer was only available for Windows XP when it was released in beta form during the summer.

In an exclusive interview with's sister site in October, the BBC's head of Future Media and Technology, Ashley Highfield, said he couldn't promise a download version would be developed for other non-Windows platforms.

But Anthony Rose, the BBC's Head of Digital Media Technology, has now said the corporation is aiming to launch a download version for other platforms "including Macs" in 2008.

He said the streaming service is the first in a number of planned updates during the coming months.

Each week there will be around 250 different programmes available to watch via the iPlayer streaming service for seven days after they are first broadcast.

The streaming version of iPlayer will have new features such as the ability to share programme links, password protected access for more adult programmes and a radio button linking to BBC Radio content.

As well as iPlayer, an on-demand player including content from BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4 currently called Kangaroo was announced in November.

The marketing launch for the iPlayer starts on Christmas Day.

Topic: Networking

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  • DRM Flash

    I heard that they would use Adobe's new flash DRM to enable flash video to be downloaded and played offline but with DRM protection so that it couldn't be passed around or given a time limit on how long you have to use/watch it.

    The downside is DRM - need I say more. The upside is the BBC could put out HD content this way as rather than streaming you can download however-long it takes and then watch in hi quality HD goodness. It also means you could download a bunch of shows to watch later when you may not have a wifi connection.
  • iPlayer service

    David's right, DRM is a bit redundant after the program has been aired. BTW, is this going to make Microsoft unhappy?
  • Microsoft unhappy about iPlayer?

    Excuse my ignorance, but what would this make Microsoft unhappy? Is it some kind of monopoly thing?
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