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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.

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BBC, ITV, BT team as iPlayer takes on iTunes

The BBC is serious about attempting to deploy its iPlayer video-on-demand technology as an industry standard, announcing new partnerships with ITV and BT, “to promote a common industry approach and consumer offer to deliver on-demand TV over broadband.”

Such a pan-industry approach may in future pit the BBC and partners against other existing online TV solutions, including iTunes in the UK and similar services elsewhere.
 
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BBC may share iPlayer with ITV, Channel 4

Following a negative judgment in the Project Kangaroo initiative, the BBC is now considering offering its popular iPlayer technology to Channel 4 and ITV.

The BBC, Channel 4 and ITV had been working together to establish Project Kangaroo as a one-stop shop for TV show streaming and downloads from the broadcasters. However, in a decision revealed this month UK competition regulators nixed these plans on fears they would stifle competition in the UK market.

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LiveStation demos live streamed TV for iPhone

iPlayer’s nice and you can purchase TV shows from iTunes, but what about live TV? Mobile TV on iPhone may one day move from promise to reality, with news now from LiveStation who are developing a solution to let you watch TV news from numerous providers using the Apple mobile. Here’s a demo led by company CEO, Matteo Berlucci.

Project Kangaroo rejected by regulator

Plans by UK broadcasters the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 to launch joint TV-on demand catch-up service for UK viewers Project Kangaroo where this morning rejected by the UK Competition Commission.

The Competition Commission provisionally concluded that the proposed joint venture will restrict competition in the supply of video-on-demand services in the UK. It does not, however, expect the joint venture to lead to a substantial lessening of competition in online advertising or content acquisition. The full report will be published shortly.

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Boxee + Apple TV – clarification

The Boxee team has confirmed its patch for the new Apple TV 2.3 software is available, but some problems remain.

“We’re currently working on an exciting new solution for 100 percent reliable launch into frontscreen. Look for this in the next version,” revealed Scott Davilla.

Meanwhile, atvusb-creator-1.0.b9 and atv-win-1.0.b9 have been made available for download. Both include XBMCLauncher-0.8 and SoftwareMenu-0.741 as well as ssh/bintuils.

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Boxee team: Apple TV patch soon, testing now

Apple last night released an update for the Apple TV, introducing new features but breaking support for the incredibly popular Boxee software – but there will be a fix within 24-hours, a member of the development team has revealed.

**UPDATE (c.12pm EDT, 21 Nov): If you’ve been waiting for the Boxee update, here’s the latest from inside the team on why no patch has been released just yet: “Nothing yet, all bugs have been fixed except for one and that is getting in front of Frontrow reliably. Apple removed the previous method in r2.3 so we have to find another way.” The Boxee team are working away at this.

***UPDATE (c.10am EDT 22 Nov): The patch has been released, along with some rather interesting insight as to Boxee’s future plans. Read about it here.

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Main BBC channels will be live online

BBC shows including EastEnders, Heroes and Never Mind The Buzzcocks will be available to watch live online from next week, the BBC has announced.

Programming from BBC One and BBC Two will be made available to watch live online simultaneously with their live broadcast from 27 November, Jana Bennett, Director of BBC Vision, announced today.
 
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More Sony/Apple iTunes moves – DRM-free coming?

More signs of a developing relationship between Sony and Apple this morning.

Sony Pictures Television has reached another interesting deal with iTunes, offering its all-new legal drama, ‘Canterbury’s Law’ for purchase through the UK arm of the service.

It’s not the first television series the company has introduced into the UK market in this way – both Damages and Rescue Me (the first episode of the latter was made available free) also reached these shores through iTunes.

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iPlayer downloads for Mac this month?

There’s been a whole hoo-hah about the BBC making it possible to download its TV shows to Mac and Linux computers – now it seems the broadcaster may be moving to launch the service, which is already available on Windows, and the launch could come this month, if a report’s to be believed.

The broadcaster has frequently gone on the record to say that it wants to make it possible to download shows from iPlayer to the Mac, but has castigated Apple for refusing to license FairPlay to the corporation in order to easily achieve this.

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