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BBC signs Wi-Fi and iPlayer deals

Mac users can use iPlayer from end of the year


A screenshot of the BBC iplayer

New iPlayer service from the BBC

Web surfers can now log on to the BBC website for free at airports, coffee shops and thousands of other Wi-Fi hot spots around the UK.

The broadcaster has announced a deal with Wi-Fi firm The Cloud, which has 7,500 ‘hotspots’ across the country.

These include branches of McDonald’s and Coffee Republic, Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, airports, and a number of outdoor locations

Wi-Fi hotspots

Customers with any Wi-Fi enabled device will be able to surf the BBC’s website without paying a log-in or subscription fee for their connection.

The BBC has also confirmed that users of Apple Mac and Linux machines will now also be able to use its on-demand TV service  – the iPlayer – from the end of the year.

It has linked up with Adobe to make the iPlayer service available to be streamed by Mac and Linux users.

TV catch-up service

Currently only Windows XP users can use iPlayer, which allows viewers to download and view around 400 hours of television programmes from the last seven days on to their PCs and store them for up to 30 days.

Erik Huggers, BBC Future Media and Technology Group Controller, said: ‘I’m delighted to announce this strategic relationship with Adobe. It is important to ensure that BBC iPlayer is available on as many platforms as possible.

‘It will offer our audiences increased flexibility as to how and when they consume our content, both live and on-demand, on bbc.co.uk. With a complete end-to-end workflow, Adobe’s video solutions will revolutionise how we create and deliver content to audiences in the digital age.’

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