Demand Five, Channel Five's online TV-on-demand service, is now available for Mac and Linux users, reports New Media Age. However, it doesn't seem to work in practice.

A Flash media version of the service is supposed to expand the reach beyond Windows users.

Jonathan Lewis, head of digital media at Five, told nma that the move was the first of a number of upgrades planned for the service this year: "Adopting Flash makes Demand Five accessible to more computers, more operating systems and consequently more users. It's the first of many upgrades we expect to make to the service over the next 12 months".

Demand Five is a 30-day catch-up service that provides viewers with online access to a significant percentage of Five’s peaktime schedule. Five's big name series include CSI, Neighbours, and Peppa Pig.

However, on attempting to use the service Mac users are presented with the following bad news: "Sorry, the Mac version of the Windows Media Player does not support the security features we use to protect our content from unauthorised use."

Demand Five

System requirements are listed as:
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP2 or Vista.
Browser: Internet Explorer 6 or above and Firefox 2.0 only.

Back to the drawing board Five.