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BBC Downloadable iPlayer finally comes to MAC and Linux

Posted: 19th Dec, 2008 By: MarkJ
The BBC's iPlayer Internet TV (IPTV) service, specifically its downloadable (P2P) client, has now been made compatible with both Mac (Apple) and Linux computer systems. It had previously only been available to those with MS Windows supporting PC's.

The BBC also claims to have carried out tests that help ISPs mitigate the broadband bandwidth demands of iPlayer users. The BBC News Online item states:

The BBC has worked with British company Velocix to test a system which puts servers in ISPs that store, or cache, the most popular iPlayer programmes.

Mr [Anthony] Rose said smart software in the iPlayer would check these caches to see if the programme a user wants is loaded locally on a caching device near the user. Streaming from within an ISP's network cuts the cost of transporting that traffic for both the BBC and the net supplier.

It was up to ISPs now to get hold of the caching boxes and install them, said Mr Rose. "The BBC is not building its own content delivery network," he said. "But we can help move the market in this area."

It's understood that the BBC intends to establish commercial relationships with ISPs that use its caching technology. This will perhaps go some way to allaying ISP concerns over the impact of BBC iPlayer based P2P usage on their networks.

However these days the iPlayer's most popular solution appears to be its web (flash) based player, which doesn't rely on P2P and is much more accessible. Mind you, the video quality isn't as good as their downloadable client.
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