iPlayer goes cross-platform (again)
Many readers will be familiar with the BBC iPlayer, the on demand catchup TV service from the BBC that allows you to watch programmes from the past week via the BBC website. Perhaps less will be familiar with the first incarnation of BBC iPlayer as a downloadable program that allows you to queue up and download the content you wanted to watch rather than streaming it using the Flash player on the website. In fact, BBC iPlayer Desktop is still available and it allows you to watch what you've downloaded without being connected to the Internet, handy if travelling or away from a fast Internet connection.
Whilst this version was only available for Windows originally, users were up in arms about this as they too wanted to view the content on their Mac or Linux based PC's. The Flash version, when it was released in December 2007 solved this cross-platform problem partially as it made the content available to everyone who could view flash video, but the BBC have now held up their end of the deal by also bringing the promised downloadable version to both the Mac and Linux. I do run in to one problem on my Linux PC however. The BBC requires a newer version of Flash than is currently available for the 64-bit Linux that I'm using.