BBC launches iPlayer downloads for Mac, Linux

A few weeks later than we predicted, the BBC today introduced new iPlayer software that lets Mac and Linux users download shows to their computers for offline viewing, a feature enjoyed by Windows users since the launch of the service.

If you are in the UK and connected to the internet you can already play programmes from the past seven days and watch them on the website through Click to Play (streaming). This works on Windows, Macs, Linux, Nintendo Wii and iPhones.

Now, Mac and Linux users can also download TV shows and store them on your computer for up to 30 days using the iPlayer Desktop software.

“Try out the new BBC iPlayer Desktop. Downloading allows you to enjoy your favourite BBC programmes without being connected to the Internet,” the broadcaster explains.

Supported systems for the Mac include Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5; for Linux, Fedora Core 8, Ubuntu 7.10 and Open Suse 10.3 are supported; finally, the software also supports Windows XP and Vista.

We haven’t put the application through its paces yet. You can find more information and download the software from the BBC here.

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