The BBC has released a new version of its iPlayer desktop application, that unlike previous iterations no longer allows access to live TV. The new iPlayer downloads is an app for the Mac or Windows PC that provides a simple method of downloading shows from the BBC for offline viewing.

The new app requires a one-off install, and will then kick into gear as you're browsing the iPlayer website and select something to download. You can also queue up a series of downloads and see a list of currently available to watch content.

And, since this is strictly an offline experience application, you're unable to use it to watch live TV or radio. For that, you'll need to head to the iPlayer website. For more information and to download, hit up the BBC at the source link below.

Update: Turns out the source info about Adobe Air was incorrect, all references have been removed.

Source: BBC via Pocket-Lint