A public beta has started for the latest version of the BBC iPlayer desktop download manager which supports Linux, Mac and Windows. This represents a huge, and hugely overdue, move forward for the BBC which previously only allowed Windows users to download programmes using the iPlayer. The secret is in the air, literally. The new iPlayer is built upon Adobe AIR, a key component of the Adobe Flash Platform, and the download manager enables users to view BBC TV shows, online or offline, with a high-quality solution across all three operating systems. Currently it is only available to BBC iPlayer …

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[URL="http://po-ru.com/about/"]Paul Battley[/URL] is a software developer from London who can probably lay claim to being the biggest thorn in the side of the BBC right now. No sooner had the mighty British Broadband Corporation [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7293988.stm"]announced[/URL] that his hack which allowed people to download iPlayer TV streams meant for an iPhone to a hard drive and share them others had been fixed, than the 30 year old Linux fanboy broke it again. Apparently [URL="http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/software/soa/Linux-fanboy-hacks-Beeb-iPlayer-again/0,130061733,339286879,00.htm"]his motivation[/URL] in using plug-in requests to search Javascript code for the fixes, and then reprogramming the interface using Ruby on Rails, is simply a combination of the …

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