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BBC iPlayer Going Multi-Platform

The one major criticism I've had of the iPlayer has been is the restriction of its download client to windows PCs. Proving yet again it clearly can't do anything wrong with the iPlayer, though, the BBC is partnering with Adobe to built a platform-independent client. Better still, a release has been promised before the year's end.

The client will run using Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR), which will mean nothing to just about everyone reading this. Importantly, though, it means that windows, Mac and Linux users alike will be fully able to download and watch BBC content where-so-ever they wish.

As per the current Windows platform, downloaded programmes will be protected with DRM. That's a small price to pay for enabling access to the BBC's content, though, when all's said and done. It's not like the BBC is ungenerous with the time allowed to watch downloaded programmes.

As if that wasn't enough good news, the BBC is also announcing that a joint effort with Coremedia, Intertrust and CMLA means that the Nokia N96 is now able to receive over-the-air downloads. Personally I'd slap another two points on the existing Features score just for that - although I'd rather apple just let the BBC perform the same trick on the iPhone.

This, folks, is why we have a license fee and should continue to pay it.

Update

Sony just whizzed over press release declaring its S-series and E-series Walkman players as iPlayer compatible, too.

Is there no end to the good news today?

Link:

BBC Internet Blog.

ILoveGagdets

October 14, 2008, 6:52 pm

> "As if that wasn't enough good news, the BBC is also announcing


> that a joint effort with Coremedia, Intertrust and CMLA means


> that the Nokia N96 is now able to receive over-the-air downloads"





Now we just need the mobile operators to offer GENUINE unlimmited data plans!





> "Personally I'd slap another two points on the existing Features score just for that"





TBH, it is a top feature of the n96 (other s60 phones do work BTW), but please don't start the features / scores debate again ;) (although you could knock a couple of points of the features score for the iPhone for not allowing this to happen :) )

needlegun

October 14, 2008, 7:12 pm

"The client will run using Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR), which will mean nothing to just about everyone reading this." ...well that may be what the BBC is hoping.





It's yet another so-called multi-platform enabler from a company that's not renowned for producing lightweight effective software (Acrobat Reader - case in point). Java, Silverlight, Air, what next?

Martin Leventon

October 14, 2008, 7:55 pm

Lets hope that Adobe fixes the issues with Air being only properly compatible with RPM based linux distributions so that those of us on dbian derivatives etc.

Pbryanw

October 14, 2008, 8:29 pm

Looking forward to the Mac iPlayer version - long overdue in my opinion.

Hans Gruber

October 14, 2008, 8:57 pm

"This, folks, is why we have a license fee and should continue to pay it."





The irony is no doubt the license fee funds the lion's share of the Iplayer costs but you don't actually require one to watch Iplayer content. It's free if you live in the UK and only watch stuff that's aired already. Were it live transmission programs you were watching, then yes, you'd still need to pay that telly tax.

John Wards

October 14, 2008, 8:58 pm

The iplayer works spot on with the N95 as well, you need the direct link to the app though (have a look in the internets). I think the only reason the beeb don't support it is because the N95 doesn't tell applications what type of internet connection it is using and the Beeb are not supporting 3G connections.





Not sure if that is to protect them from complaints about high bills or complaints from the operators!

Hugo

October 14, 2008, 9:54 pm

Azro, I think you should read the iPlayer Terms and conditions, mate.

timple

October 14, 2008, 10:04 pm

Now can someone who makes a freeview+ DVR (Humax, Panasonic are you awake?) add BBC iPlayer to the next model?

DEB

October 14, 2008, 10:40 pm

Hugo, care to elaborate your point on T&Cs. Last time I checked license fee was required for live transmission only as Azro pointed out.

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