After several years of negotiations, the BBC iPlayer has now become available on the Xbox 360. The much anticipated launch of the BBC’s television streaming service on the Xbox console is now free to download.
The BBC have been locked in 3 years of negotiations with Microsoft to make their popular TV streaming service available on the Xbox 360 console. The main stumbling block that the BBC had was over their public service remit. Microsoft want to charge for all content on its Xbox Live platform, but the BBC’s remit requires that it be made freely available to viewers. However, the two parties finally reached an agreement in October last year and the service has now been made available for free.
The iPlayer will interface with the Kinect motion sensor on the Xbox 360. For the first time, people will be able to control the iPlayer using hand motions and voice commands. Techies at the BBC have suggested that experimenting with the Kinect may provide exciting new developments for the Beeb in the future.
A spokesperson for the BBC’s Programmes & On-Demand service said: “Xbox is hugely successful in the UK. Given the BBC’s goal to reach its entire audience, I’m particularly excited that the BBC will be bringing iPlayer to all Xbox users at no extra cost as part of Xbox LIVE’s free membership.”
The launch now brings access to the BBC to all of the major gaming platforms in the UK, including Sony Playstation and Nintendo Wii. It also takes the availability of the BBC iPlayer to 450 different platforms in the UK, from Virgin Media and internet television sets to the Apple iPhone.
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