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BBC starts Mac iPlayer service

updated 09:10 am EST, Thu December 13, 2007

BBC releases Mac iPlayer

The BBC today began official Mac support for iPlayer, the network's video distribution technology. The service allows residents of the UK to watch the last seven days of BBC TV programming for free; until today however, it was only available to Windows users, a situation which earlier triggered a petition claiming it was a violation of BBC policy. The ability to download shows remains restricted to Windows users, but Mac users can now stream video on their computers, as a result of a recent deal with Adobe for use of Flash.

The streaming service remains in beta, but should enter full release for Mac and Linux computers on December 25th. Show downloads for the same formats are expected sometime in 2008, and the pre-existing BBC Radio Player is eventually expected to be integrated into iPlayer. The BBC originally developed iPlayer as a consequence of its mandate, which involves ensuring broadcast access to everyone paying the TV license fee.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It is about time that Beeb got this done

  1. horvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apparently NOT!!!!

    There are no results for iplayer for Mac in the Beta Version of the BBC Audio & Video search. This is a new service and more content will be added in the future

  1. mullum

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This really

    makes me mad, Id considered not paying my licence fee over this. Full release on Christmas day ? Strange choice of a date.

  1. ViktorCode

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Anyone got this working?

    Is it working already at all?

  1. vintagegeek

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPLayer BBC

    Too bad teh service is not available outside the UK. There are a number of programs I would like to watch living in America. This would augment the dearth of good shows on American TV.

  1. coldfusion1970

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Well it works for me great in Fusion, but i'll take a Mac native client if its available.

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I would ask

    why they needed to make their own player, but let's not forget how much ad c*** you can foist in the downtime while your video loads.

    When you saturate the maret with new "standards," is anything really standard anymore? Some one call me on this one but it seems like the just pushed their own branded player on a slightly update video standard.

    Whatev, the beeb doesn't have such great news coverage that I'd go to lengths of getting their branded stuff to see their biased content.

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