“The service – which will launch later this year – allows viewers to watch programmes online for seven days after their first TV broadcast,” The Beeb reports. “Episodes can also be downloaded and stored for up to 30 days.”
“The BBC Trust gave the iPlayer the go-ahead after consultations with members of the public. About 10,500 individuals and organisations responded to the public value test after the trust gave its provisional approval in January,” The Beeb reports.
The Beeb reports, “The iPlayer computer application will only be initially available to those with Windows PCs in the UK. But the trust has asked the BBC to ensure that the iPlayer computer application can run on different systems – such as Apple Macs – within ‘a reasonable time frame.'”
The Beeb reports, “Earlier this month BBC Future Media boss Ashley Highfield said the corporation was committed to rolling out the iPlayer on Windows PCs first of all, and then cable TV services, Apple Macs, and eventually Freeview boxes. But the BBC said it could not commit to a two-year deadline to achieve this goal, saying it was up to the third parties concerned.”
“However, the BBC Trust said it would audit the BBC’s progress against this objective every six months to ensure that members of the public not using Windows PCs would not be disadvantaged,” The Beeb reports.
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “twelveightyone” for the heads up.]
There’s nothing “reasonable” about not even being able to commit to a two-year time frame.
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Ask the BBC make upcoming iPlayer on-demand service Mac compatible – February 01, 2007