reported on May 30, Mac users are out of luck if they want to watch the video highlights from the World Cup games.
Users of the operating system have been locked out of a service on FIFA’s official World Cup site that, for $US19.95, will provide video highlights from the games. The four-minute long highlights are part of the site’s premium subscription service. Stated system requirements for the premium service read: “Mac, Unix and Real media player are not supported.”
FIFA has responded to criticism of their snubbing of the Mac platform. According to
, Nicolas Maignot of FIFA media relations, said it’s a business decision taken jointly by FIFA and Yahoo.”
“Five per cent of a market is unfortunately too small to justify the investments which would have been needed for Macintosh users,” he said.
So far, Yahoo sources haven’t commented on their decision not to support the Mac in its solution for FIFA. Meanwhile, FIFA’s Web site has attracted 464 million visitors since the tournament began.