The BBC has announced that a download version of its iPlayer software will be available for Mac users by the end of 2008. Currently only Windows users can use the download version whilst a hastily launched by more widely used streaming service became available in November 2007 which enabled Mac and Linux and Windows users to watch streamed content on-line.
This may or may not open the door to downloadable HD content or at least slightly better quality than the flash encoded streaming content that Mac users currently have access to.
There’s no word on whether this will leave Linux users left using the streaming option of whether the new solution will be available to them also or at a later date.
It is possible that the Mac download content would be available the separate Apple TV unit also with on demand access for cable customers and via new enabled Freeview boxes with Internet connection in the future.
The current download version is based around Windows media player and uses point to point technology to speed up downloads to users who typically have 7 days to watch the content on their computers.