The BBC has got the green light to make its television shows available on demand – but Mac users will be waiting for a while.

The BBC Trust gave the go-ahead to the broadcaster, meaning it will be able to offer shows online starting from later this year.

Viewers will be able to watch shows online for seven days after they are broadcast, and will also be able to download and store some (but not all) shows for up to 30-days following first broadcast.

The BBC Trust gave the iPlayer the go-ahead after consultations with 10,500 members of the public.

It chose to relax some restrictions but did demand that the BBC ensure iPlayer will run on operating systems other than Windows within "a reasonable time frame".

When it first appears, iPlayer will only run on Windows PCs.

The BBC Trust plans to audit the broadcaster's attempts to create a platform-agnostic solution every six months.

Diane Coyle, BBC trustee and chair of the Trust’s PVT Steering Group, said:
"We are delighted so many people responded to the consultation and thank everyone who participated for their contribution. The consultation has demonstrated considerable public support for the on-demand proposals."

The BBC Trust made the following statement as regards platform neutrality: "The Trust has noted the strong public demand for platform neutrality and is concerned to ensure that the BBC meets this demand as soon as possible. The Trust acknowledges the BBC's commitment to platform neutrality and has taken account of the executive's response that a two year deadline is unworkable because success is dependent on third parties outside of the BBC's control.

"However, in the interest of those members of the public who will be disadvantaged until this matter is resolved, the Trust will audit the BBC's progress against this objective every six months and publish its findings."