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    BBC Player download is here
    Great for all us UK users.

    The beta of the new BBC iPlayer desktop is here, now Mac and Linux users can watch BBC programs offline

    You can sign up at the iPlayer labs BBC iPlayer - Labs

    Firstly my Mac is way under spec for the iPlayer Desktop, G4 733 Mhz 10.4.11 1 gig RAM (latest versions of Safari and Firefox), but I have got it all working.

    First problem I found after installation was that any download link went back to the installation page, which told me I already had iPlayer installed, then nothing - no download.

    Went in to Safari and set Firefox as my default Browser in the preferences. Now I could download programs fine using Firefox.

    Next, downloaded Dr Who episode and would play (progress bar moves) but no picture or sound. Downloaded the latest Flash Player for OS X and cured the problem.

    Playback on this mac is seriously choppy, but that is this old Mac, will work fine no doubt on a new Macbook I will buy in feb

    Thanks to the BBC for getting out a cross platform download player, I hope to use it when the new mac arrives, until then I will stick to streaming video on this old machine

    Just thought this info might help somebody
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    Thanks, been waiting for this. Will download and try later on my iBook G4 1.2 ghz

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    yey finally can download top gear! thank for posting

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    Thanks for the heads up on that!

    I don't see why they are only valid for 30 days though if they are fully downloaded to your HDD. Also, is the video quality better running from the app than streaming on 'High Quality' mode?

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    Yep, working well, thanks.
    The only thing is, the BBC say it's for Intel only - that's not the case as I have it installed on a G4 with no problems.

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    They say intel, but the download app is a Unversal Binary
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