BBC is busy trumpetting the fact that its iPlayer (desktop) is in beta. It is hoping to make good on its initial PR disaster for not supporting Mac and Linux. It is blamed on the Digital Restriction Mechanism it was using at the time. The fact that it is from Microsoft, who is known to strongly protect their interest by creating non-cross platform software and applications, definitely flame the situation. A lot of people tried, which I think is unfairly, to link this with the fact that there are staff movement between the branch of BBC respositible for iPlayer and Microsoft.
BBC now decides to use Adobe AIR. The immediate thing that comes to mind is it is not a Microsoft product. In particular, why did BBC shunt Silverlight, as the DRM it use is from Microsoft? But when the logical mind takes over from the emotional one, it is not that surprising, since BBC is using Adobe Flash technology for its online streaming version of iPlayer.
Silverlight vs AIR is definitely heating up!