|Service||Technology||Ubuntu support||Mac support|
|BBC (iPlayer in browser)||Flash||Yes||Yes|
|BBC (iPlayer Desktop)||Flash (plus client software)||Yes (beta)||Yes (beta)|
|ITV Catch Up||Microsoft Silverlight||No*||Yes|
|Channel 4 (4OD)||Windows Media Player 10 (plus client software)||No||No|
|Channel 4 (Catch-Up)||Windows Media Player 11||No||No|
|Channel 4 (TV Clips)||Flash||Yes||Yes|
|Demand Five||Windows Media Player 11||No||No|
* Silverlight support should be available via the Mono Moonlight project, but the video wouldn't play after I installed the plugin.
Hmm, doesn't look good, does it? The BBC are leading the way and should have full Linux and Mac support once their iPlayer Desktop client leaves beta. As for the others, a common thread that I noticed in the help pages of those services was that they use Microsoft technologies because their content providers apparently require them to use a certain standard of DRM. As such, I think my online viewing will be limited to BBC programmes only for a while yet.