The BBC has launched a beta version of its iPlayer service which now allows Mac and Linux users, not just Windows users, to download programmes to their desktops.
BBC iPlayer Desktop download manager is built on Adobe AIR and will initially be available to those signed up to the BBC iPlayer Labs. The corporation has plans to roll the application out to all users in 2009.
The new download manager allows users in the UK to view their favourite BBC shows, online or offline, with a high-quality solution across operating systems.
"Since it launched at the end of last year, BBC iPlayer programmes have been available for streaming on Windows, Mac and Linux computers," said Erik Huggers, director of BBC Future Media & Technology.
"Today, we are pleased to display our commitment to providing a cross-platform download solution for BBC iPlayer users, as Mac and Linux users are now able to download BBC iPlayer programmes to play offline."
The BBC has also revealed that it will be giving younger viewers their own version of the iPlayer which aims to give them access to their favourite shows on-demand in a specially designed child-friendly service.
IPlayer for CBBC is designed for children aged between six and 12, and will host shows such as Blue Peter, MI High, The Sarah Jane Adventures and many others. Some programmes will be available for up to 13 weeks as part of the BBC's series catch-up feature.
The service will also help restrict inadvertent access to programming not meant for younger viewers.
"Children already live in the fully interactive and on-demand world and this important launch means that CBBC can be there for them," said Richard Deverell, controller of BBC Children.
"The iPlayer for CBBC is central to fulfilling our ambitions for CBBC as it enables us to provide programmes for children whenever they want to see them, not just when we choose to schedule them."
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