BBC iPlayer Available For Macs Before End Of Year

If it wasn't only just February that might be a more promising commitment.

As you may have noticed if you follow such things, the BBC received a fair amount of flak for launching its iPlayer solely for Windows PCs, back in December. Considering it was only the download version of the service that was at fault and not the the web-based side of the player, which can be used by any PC capable of running Flash, the criticism was perhaps a little harsh. Thankfully we now have a timeframe in which the BBC has agreed to rectify the lack of a Mac iPlayer courtesy of Director General, Mark Thompson.

Thompson explained the reason for the initial Windows-only launch, stating that “making the service available in the shortest time frame to the greatest amount of users” was the main deciding factor behind the decision. Considering the vast majority of license payers are probably using Windows PCs, the BBC can’t really be faulted for such a decision.

Of course being told that this Apple-flavoured version of the video service will be made available “before the end of the year” when it’s still February isn’t as great a piece of news as one might hope for, but having a rough idea of when Mac users can get downloading their favourite programs on demand is still good. Hopefully the development team can get this one out post haste.

For now Mac users will have to be happy knowing that they can still use the website based iPlayer to catch up on their favourite TV programs, at least they know when to expect their installable version. Linux users, on the other hand, look set to be in for a much longer wait – assuming they’re ever accommodated at all.

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