BBC Director General Mark Thompson has confirmed the Corporation will develop its iPlayer online video service for Apple Mac users by the end of 2008.

At the moment Mac users can stream content from the iPlayer, but can't download it to watch later, and this led to controversy when the service was launched last year.

"I hope this good news is evidence of the hard work that the BBC is committing to support other platforms," says Thompson.

At launch, the iPlayer was designed only to work with Windows. It allows users to download a selection of programmes from the last seven days to their PC, and watch them for up to 30 days afterward.

Explaining the decision to launch for just Windows users, Mr Thompson said it had been about "making the service available in the shortest time frame to the greatest amount of users".

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