The BBC has joined forces with Adobe to allow Mac and Unix users to use its BBC iPlayer on their PCs.
The BBC and Adobe Systems have announced the public beta of the new BBC iPlayer Desktop download manager built on Adobe Air, a key component of the Adobe Flash Platform.
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The new BBC iPlayer Desktop beta will enable Windows, Mac and Linux users to download programmes to their desktops.
Previously, the ability to download programmes was only available for Windows users. This exclusivity had been understandably slammed by Mac and Linux users, particularly as they were expected to pay their TV licence fees like everyone else.
The new download manager allows users to view their favourite BBC shows, online or offline.
The BBC iPlayer Desktop application on Adobe Air will first be available to BBC iPlayer Labs users.
The BBC iPlayer Desktop application on Air will be rolled out to all BBC iPlayer users during 2009.