BBC: iPlayer for Macs to launch by end of 2008

“The BBC will launch a download version of its iPlayer online video service for Apple Mac users by the end of 2008,” BBC News reports.

“The corporation’s director general Mark Thompson made the commitment in a blog posting on the BBC’s website. ‘I hope this good news is evidence of the hard work that the BBC is committing to supporting other platforms,’ he wrote,” The Beeb reports.

“The BBC had faced criticism for launching the download iPlayer service for Windows users only,” The Beeb reports.

“The BBC’s iPlayer [currently] comes in two versions – a program which allows users to download programmes to their Windows PC and a streaming version on the web available to all users,” The Beeb reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dirty Pierre le Punk” for the heads up.]

Market share is but one measure that developers should consider. Average income, disposable income, level of education, willingness to pay for software and services, etc. — all of these important measures tilt strongly in Mac users’ favor. As we often ask developers, do you want a bunch of people for whom low prices (or free) is the top priority (and among whom piracy is rampant), or do you want an educated, informed group of people who have proven that they are willing and able to pay for your software?

Mac-only and cross-platform developers are smart. Windows-only developers are not.

Someday we’ll all laugh about how the vast majority of the world had at one time ended up on the worst possible platform.

“Ignorance is bliss” ought to be Microsoft’s company motto.


  1. “No, I thought not.”

    If you’re going to answer your questions, why bother asking them?

    Well no one else would be stupid enough to wish to answer it I suppose.

    However on the more pertinent point one has to consider that this service will be at its most useful for mobile devices where of course it is Apple that has the overwhelming advantage so any such restriction would be equally stupid and short sighted as that original inane comment.

    In addition it is fact that the BBC Charter insists that they do make their services equally available to all licence payers for which it is possible to do so. No one has denied it is possible to do so on this occasion. Equally as a non profit making organisation there is in fact no commercial dictat forcing it to launch a part service early, as there would be with a commercial station. If it fails to acknowledge this fact, inherent to the whole basis of its very existence, then there would be no point at all in it retaining its non commercial status.

  2. Wow does MDN make us Mac owners to be a bunch of snobs or what?

    BBC should support open standards, regardless of platform. I wouldn’t care if it was written in Java. It should be open so that in ten years from now no matter what has shifted in the OS market, at least the platform can continue.

    Now I’ve become rather unimpressed with the BBC over the last five years, as they’ve gotten larger and larger. They sound more like Sony. One branch is creative and puts out great content, the other branch worries about DRM, protection, etc.

    And a year to get out a silly player of the Mac??? Now that sounds like Microsoft.

  3. Commercial P2P application like the BBC’s iPlayer (kontiki P2P Server) is theft of User Bandwidth and Service plain and simple. Why any one would want to subject themselves to a P2P server that you can’t turnoff and opens your system to connections to other unknown users is beyond me. Mac users in the UK should take notice that the Kontiki Server is not as secure as Verisign claims it it. The user also has no ability to limit it’s operating hours, it’s upload bandwidth usage, or even to exit the application when you need all of you computer resources. The EULA you agree to accept any added charges for excess bandwidth usage by the application and to hold Verisign, Microsoft, BBC and the other software vendors harmless.
    I’ve been recommending to Friends and Family in the UK to not install or use the BBC iPlayer Download system because of the Kontiki P2P Server based on the added security risks and the poor design of the software. As a side note it took 3 hours to remove all of the Kontiki Server pieces when the iPlayer uninstaller failed to remove it, without error I might add. She had uninstalled the iPlayer but it left the konki server installed and running she kept noticing the network switch showing a ton of activity even though she was not on her system. She though her system was infected with a virus or spyware. She asked me to look at it so using Remote Assistance I looked at it found that Kontiki was still installed and running. I disabled it and then got all of it’s parts removed for Windows.
    In looking a the uninstaller script it appears that uninstalling iPlayer leaves Kontiki on the system by default as the code to uninstall it was all commented out. The server was also getting new files to be distributed to other kontiki servers. By definition this makes the iPlayer malware and a Trojan server at the worst.
    Everyone in the UK needs to avoid the iPlayer download service like the plague it is.

  4. Reality Check needs to get one…

    It’s not 9 months, it’s about 18 months, and the BBC would not be doing any Mac development if there wasn’t a stink about it. They fully intended to develop only for Windows, there was not “decision” to delay.

  5. The MDN comment is like some rabid Elitist manifesto.

    The BBC, like the British Nation Health Service, is an institution founded on the idea that the public is more important than commerce.

    According to MDN, Mac users are more educated so they deserve iPlayer first. According to MDN, Mac users have more money, so they should have iPlayer first.


    The whole point of the BBC is that it is anti-elitist and paid for by public subscription, it is the people’s broadcasting – with the same kind of egalatarianism that makes Microsoft – available on any computer – the people’s operating system. Accessible, affordable.

    If you want to live in your gated community called Apple, you can’t expect to always have the same fun the masses have.

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