NEWS: BBC must develop iPlayer for all computer platforms

BBC regulators have said the corporation must develop its iPlayer TV download service for Apple Mac and Linux users, as well as those using the Windows platform.

The decision comes after the BBC said development of a TV download service for Mac and Linux users was not guaranteed and would depend on cost. But the corporation has promised video streaming for those platforms, as well as Windows users, by the end of 2007.

Ashley Highfield, the BBC's director of Future Media and Technology, said on Monday: "We need to get the streaming service up and then look long and hard at whether we build a download service for Mac and Linux."

However, a spokesman for the BBC Trust said it had approved the iPlayer on the condition of "platform neutrality".

The iPlayer allows viewers to download a selection of TV programmes from the last seven days to their PC, and watch them for up to 30 days afterwards.

The BBC claims more than 250,000 people are using the service regularly, and it hopes to have 500,000 users by next April.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.