Speaking to the MIPTV conference in Cannes, BBC technology boss Ashley Highfield confirmed that the BBC iPlayer will work with Macs.He said "On the internet, we already make our content available in different bandwidths for those with fast and slow connection speeds, different video players for those who use Microsoft or Real, but we can and must do more. Apple computers for instance, although their proprietary and closed framework for digital rights management gives us headaches, it is one of our top priorities to re-engineer our proposed BBC iPlayer service to work on Macs.
He also added "We want to make BBC iPlayer as widely available as possible, across as many platforms as is feasible. We're starting with the biggest available audience the 22 million people who are broadband connected in Britain. The next biggest audience are 3 million cable homes. After that, it's Macs, media centres, and smart handheld devices. Once we've done all that, we'll turn to the really tricky platforms: DTT via either PVRs or IP hybrid boxes."