The BBC has said it will begin to stream iPlayer content through its website by the end of the year, having concluded a deal with Adobe to use its Flash software.

The move follows heavy criticism of the Beeb over its decision to limit access to the service to users of Windows XP.

It says Mac and Linux users will not be able to download programmes through the iPlayer, as is currently the case with PC users, but will be able to watch content streamed directly from the BBC site.

Its director of future media and technology, Ashley Highfield said:

“We need to get the streaming service up and look at the ratio of consumption between the services and then we need to look long and hard at whether we build a download service for Mac and Linux.”

Meanwhile, the BBC has struck a deal with, which will see the newspaper’s website linking to BBC iPlayer content through its TV listings pages. The broadcaster claims that 250,000 people use the iPlayer every week, and is aiming for 500,000 users by next April.

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