Friday is BBC iPlayer day

It's an iDay of sorts tomorrow, if not quite the one we're all waiting for. The BBC's long-awaited iPlayer finally goes live, albeit with a soft cushi

It's an iDay of sorts tomorrow, if not quite the one we're all waiting for. The BBC's long-awaited iPlayer finally goes live, albeit with a soft cushiony launch rather than a full blown final one.Its change from invite-only to public beta means that off will come the password login that's been keeping it under wraps since we last saw it during its initial trial.But not everyone will be able to enjoy the free seven-day and 30-day catch up downloads. Much to the chagrin of Mac, Linux and even Vista fans, it's XP only at the moment due to one or two DRM issues with those ever tetchy content providers, who've also decreed that any saved programmes will have to be watched within one week of download before they self destruct.That's prompted campaigners to set up a more than 10,000 signature strong e-petition on the Downing Street website calling for it to be banned until the Beeb can get its non-Microsoft act together – and two counter ones telling them to go ahead as planned.The good news is that the current plan is for a Mac version to be online by the autumn with Vista and Linux to follow. As for us, we're hastily bringing our XP lappy out of retirement. EssentialsBBC iPlayerPrice: £FreeOn sale: 27th JulyContact: BBC iPlayerRelated stories:Beeb's iPlayer just a month awayFuture Stuff : BBC iPlayer leaves Mac users in the coldBBC on-demand is on the way