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BBC Enters a Strategic Relationship with Adobe

The BBC and Adobe Systems Incorporated have announced a strategic relationship around the delivery of Web video. By adopting Adobe Flash Player software, the BBC will make its free catch-up TV service BBC iPlayer available as a streaming service across Macintosh and Linux, as well as Windows, by the end of the year. The strategic relationship will also allow the BBC to provide a single consistent user experience for the majority of streamed video and audio content on www.bbc.co.uk.

The BBC iPlayer on-demand streaming service will complement the download service currently available. This non-exclusive relationship is part of the BBC's strategy to reinvent www.bbc.co.uk, to ensure all its rich-media content is accessible to the widest audience possible.

BBC iPlayer will have its marketing launch during the holiday season when it will offer downloading and streaming services, as well as radio options. The service currently enables viewers to download and view around 400 hours of television programs from the last seven days and store for up to 30 days.

All procurement of software, hardware and services will follow the BBC's usual procurement practice.

BBC iPlayer is only available to UK audiences and cannot be accessed outside the country.



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