BBC adds Mac streaming support to iPlayer beta

The BBC today introduced Mac support for its streaming “iPlayer” TV service in beta form.

“Mac users can visit the iPlayer beta site now to immediately begin streaming shows broadcast across the last seven days,” Jonny Evans reports for Macworld UK.

“The service has until now been available in beta format for Windows systems only. The facility to download shows within a seven-day window of transmission will remain Windows-only… It’s understood that the facility to download shows will be made available for Mac and Linux users during 2008,” Evans reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Mac users are advised to keep demanding feature-parity from the BBC if you really want to see it in 2008. The squeakiest wheels definitely seem to be getting greased in this case, so good work so far, but keep it up!

Contact the BBC regarding iPlayer via online form here.

22 Comments

  1. From the Boob website:

    What if I don’t run Windows?

    Owing to the technology needed for file sharing, BBC iPlayer will only work with Windows XP and we recently launched a version compatible with Windows Vista. We are making it available for other platforms and we’ll announce these versions as soon as they’re ready.

  2. MDN, here is a quote for you:

    “Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.”

    Charles Mackay
    Extraordinary Popular Delusions and Madness of Crowds
    1841

    BBC is finally coming around. Other websites will follow one by one.

  3. The service is not available if the BBC server feels that your IP is outside the U.K., thereby generating more second-class citizens. So much for the World Service.

    I’m astonished that Auntie Beeb has fallen to such low levels of professionalism in the past 20 to 30 years that they could even consider not serving everyone equally.

  4. Oh well, so much for that once-appreciated news service from across the sea. It was great hearing someone else’s opinion of our [USA] news from time to time. But now that’s out the window and I’m stuck with either listening to Republican news or Democratic news. Jeepers, the whole planet has gotten to be one huge brainwash. I think instead of watching or listening to broadcast news I’ll just start walking around and taking my own notes on what’s happening.

  5. Tom did moan mightily: “Brilliant service. They perform IP address trapping and restrict access to those in the UK.”
    Trevor Jacques did whinge like a petulant toddler: “The service is not available if the BBC server feels that your IP is outside the U.K., thereby generating more second-class citizens”

    That’s because the BBC is funded by licence fees paid only by those in the UK. The iPlayer is merely an extension of that. There’s no valid reason why it should be freely available to the rest of the world despite all the fucktards who will whinge that they should get everything for no cost, dammit! I’m a Mac user and I’m a GODDAM AMERICAN!!!!!!! YOUR LIMEY BASE ARE BELONG TO U.S.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    There are other alternatives where you can get the latest episode of Corrie if you’re that desperate. STFU and use them.

  6. “The squeakiest wheels definitely seem to be getting greased in this case, so good work so far, but keep it up!”

    It’s a good thing the BBC believes in lubrication or that might have been painful.

  7. @Jake – we can’t vote with our feet and wallets until the analog channels are switched off and digital reigns supreme. That’s around 2012 for my local transmitter.

    Just having a TV capable of receiving BBC – and you don’t have to watch it – is legal grounds for us to be forced to get a licence. That’s every TV produced just about.

    Some areas (somewhere in Wales) has just been converted, and I can’t wait for my area to change.

  8. The BBC (for the most part) is not available outside the UK as we, in the UK, have to pay for it. If you want to be able to watch it (Trevor Jacques), then you are more than welcome to pay my TV Licence fee for me! details on an vCard.

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