It’s been a long time coming, but from today the BBC iPlayer will finally see the light of day on the Xbox 360 console and will be free for all “Free” (Silver) and “Gold” subscribers. The launch means the BBC is the only UK content provider to make its programmes available for free to all Xbox 360 users in the UK – but since all UK households with TV’s are required to pay a yearly license fee by law, withholding shows for non Gold Subscribers could have caused an uproar!
Xbox 360 users with Kinect will benefit from enhanced functionality as for the first time it is possible for BBC iPlayer users to discover and play programmes using hand gestures and voice recognition.
Daniel Danker, BBC General Manager, Programmes & On-Demand, 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.”
“As we continue our work to make BBC iPlayer as simple as possible, we’re also excited to experiment with natural user interfaces made possible with Kinect, including voice and gesture control. We believe it’s early days for these experiences, but see a great future working with partners such as Microsoft on innovations like these.”
The launch on Xbox LIVE today is slowly being rolled out to all consoles, so might not be showing in the App Marketplace for some users until later this week.