[ Monday, 17 December 2007, michuk ]
BBC iPlayer after a lot of complains, petitions, talks and discussions is finally available for GNU/Linux as beta. I took a look at what BBC has prepared and in general I have to say: good job!
Opposed to the alpha versions I’ve seen, the video quality is very good and the Flash player does not cause any problems under GNU/Linux (I tested it on the latest version of Adobe Flash on Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon running Firefox and GNOME),
The only thing that the Linux version does not support is the possibility to download the video. This is due to DRM technology used to prevent storing the files for more than 7 days.
Unfortunately, the BBC iPlayer is currently available only to the British citizens (i.e. people connecting to the Intertent from IP addresses recognized as British). I don’t know of any plans to make the service available to other countries/whole world.
You can browse the BBC iPlayer programs on the official iPlayer website.