4oD on a mac

4oD on a mac, originally uploaded by eyedropper.co.uk.

Lot’s of people ask why 4oD (or Five’s CSI fest, or even the iPlayer) won’t work on a mac. Well it’s to do with DRM innit? However, if you’ve got an Intel Mac and a copy of Windows and a copy of Parallels then it’ll work just fine!

Actually I’m really impressed with Parallels, so much so that I installed the game that ate up the late night 90s for me, the only computer game I every truely got wrongly obsessive about, the only game that I spent ages designing custom levels for… Activision’s 1998 re-imagining of Battlezone. Oh God, I’m going to spend my evenings in a cramped dank tank on the surface of mars all over again…. shudder. But at least this time it’ll be on a nice shiny Mac.

10 Responses to “4oD on a mac”

  1. 1 Matthew January 22, 2007 at 10:37 pm

    Some of us can’t afford copies of Windows and Parallells.

    No DRM for Macs indeed, Helix:

    Or how about offering Channel 4 created shows in some other way?
    Or using iTunes. We currently don’t have TV shows on the UK iTunes, but if a major broadcaster got on board, I’m sure that would change.

  2. 2 David B January 23, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    Oh damn! Battlezone. Forgot about that one. One of *the* great games.

  3. 3 eyedropper May 14, 2007 at 10:13 pm

    To see my response to Matthew’s comments, see 4oD on a mac part II.

  4. 4 ROkko May 20, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    How come BBC can do it with the iPlayer then?

  5. 5 jakeh July 5, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    because the bbc own all of their shows copyrights, distribution and theyve chosen to show them.

    4od plays shows that they dont own thus the owners/ prod companies have chosen a certain encryption/copyright system (drm) which mac cannot operate.

    will be months b4 a change, if any.

  6. 6 alison cooper July 9, 2008 at 10:05 am

    So Bill Gates wins again . . . . .

  7. 7 benwithjamin October 8, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    nothing to do with your article but, battlezone. What a brilliant game, hover tanks with stratigy and mining. the online game play was great eh?

  8. 8 Stephen L January 11, 2009 at 1:24 am

    You can run Windows on your Mac using VirtualBox [http://www.virtualbox.org/], a free, open-source alternative to VMWare or Parallels.


  9. 9 Allana January 28, 2009 at 1:02 am

    Another example of people ignoring progress. Other major programmers do it. Macs are better and faster and get hardly any viruses. Pcs crash, get viruses and are slow. Why cater to an out dates and frankly laughable system and not a system which is the most used by the media and design companies in this country?!?! Just makes no sense.

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