The Government has responded to an online petition calling for the BBC to make its iPlayer software, currently available for beta testing – available to more than just Windows XP users, by backing the BBC Trust’s commitment to making the service available to other users “as soon as possible”.
It seems the speed of development is fine as far as the Government is concerned.
A Mac version of the iPlayer software should be available in the autumn, followed by a Vista version and then for mobile gadgets.
We know that the BBC is a big fan of Microsoft, so it’s quite amusing that even a Vista version wasn’t available sooner. Having said that, the BBC’s not unique in its slow response to non-Windows users. Channel 4’s 4oD service has similar restrictions due to the content protection systems being used.
Personally, I’m happy to plan what I want to watch in advance and record it using my digital TV USB stick, which is very Mac-friendly.