Jonas writes: It may have taken them forever, but the Beeb is officially bringing BBC iPlayer downloads to Linux and Macs. The technology will be powered by Adobe's AIR platform, though will still be wrapped in the DRM present in Windows downloads. The iPlayer has seen massive improvements since its initial launch, including the move to Flash instead of streaming Windows Media Video, and the utilisation of the H.264 codec to make streaming a more attractive option. Downloads are also now available specifically for portable devices, including Nokia phones and Archos handhelds, and there's talk of the entire back catalogues of current shows becoming permanently available for download.
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