“The BBC has confirmed that users of Apple Mac and Linux machines will be able to use its TV catch-up service from the end of the year,” BBC News reports. “The broadcaster has signed a deal with Adobe to provide Flash video for the whole of the BBC’s video services, including a streaming version of its iPlayer. Currently only Windows XP users can use iPlayer, downloading programmes on to their PC and keeping them for up to 30 days.”
“At the end of the year users of Windows, Mac or Linux machines will be able to watch streamed versions of their favourite TV programmes inside a web browser, as well as share the video with friends and embed programmes on their own websites, sites such as Facebook and blogs,” BBC News reports.
“Ashley Highfield, the BBC’s director of Future Media and Technology said the BBC had not committed to offering the iPlayer to Mac and Linux users who want to download and keep content on their machines for a limited period,” BBC News reports. “He said: ‘We need to get the streaming service up and look at the ratio of consumption between the services and then we need to look long and hard at whether we build a download service for Mac and Linux… It comes down to cost per person and reach at the end of the day… We are not ruling it out. But we are not committing to it at this stage.'”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Daneel” for the heads up.]
MacDailyNews Take: The BBC Trust made it a condition of approval for the BBC’s on-demand services that the iPlayer is available to users of a range of operating systems, but shouldn’t The BBC Trust also ensure that users of other operating systems are not consigned to an “iPlayer” of substandard quality due to a crippled feature-set? This is discrimination. Once again, Mac users get screwed by The Beeb: you still have to pay your full TV tax while continually being treated like a second-class citizen or worse. The BBC seems to be saying to Mac users, “You’ll like what get or you’ll get even less, perhaps nothing at all.” Contact The BBC Trust: