BBC iPlayer going multi-platform

The BBC has announced its plans to create a platform-independent client in partnership with Adobe.

Erik Huggers, Director of BBC Future Media & Technology, described the plans in a blog post on the corporations site.

"Audio/visual is the soul of the corporation and will form the backbone of a vastly improved in the years to come" noted Huggers.

The BBC plans to use Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) to enable iPlayer download functionality on the Mac, Linux and Windows operating systems for the first time later this year. According to the BBC whatever platform you use, you'll now be able to download TV programmes to watch later - on the train, in the garden, or wherever you like.

It's not immediately clear if iPhone and iPod devices will be able to play the content as typically Apple has restricted this.

Content will still be DRM protected but not in a way that will affect enjoyment of the programs that the BBC offers.

In a separate announcement earlier this week the BBC also revealed its plans to offer over the air streaming to the Nokia N96.

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