Finally! For owners of Xbox 360 devices in the UK, the journey has been slow but finally the BBC iPlayer is available, allowing users of the popular games console to enjoy catch up TV and live radio.
Frustratingly, the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3 have had BBC iPlayer for some time, allowing on-demand and some live broadcasts. However, the BBC is now the only UK content provider to make its programmes available for free to all Xbox 360 users in the UK. Users will be able to catch up on all the BBC programmes they know and love in a familiar, easy to use BBC iPlayer experience.
As you can see from the screenshot above, the iPlayer has been integrated with the Xbox implementation of the Metro user interface, and Xbox 360 users with Kinect will benefit from enhanced functionality, with users able to discover and play programmes using hand gestures and voice recognition.
BBC iPlayer is set to launch on Sky later this year, the result of which will bring the service to millions of new users. BBC iPlayer is currently available on over 450 platforms and devices including Virgin Media, BT Vision, FreeSat, Freeview, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo Wii, and hundreds of mobile phones, tablets, and internet-connected TVs.
Daniel Danker is BBC General Manager, Programmes & On-Demand:
“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.”
Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Stephen McGill, Director of Xbox and Entertainment, said:
“We are delighted that BBC iPlayer is now available on Xbox LIVE. Xbox 360 was the best-selling console in the UK and globally last year, while Xbox LIVE is one of the UK’s leading comprehensive VOD entertainment services on TVs. The addition of BBC iPlayer takes the service to the next level. We offer a formidable line-up of the best TV and entertainment – both live and on-demand – from providers such as Sky, Channel 4, Channel 5, Netflix, LOVEFiLM, Blinkbox, MSN, YouTube and many others.
“The way people interact with entertainment content is changing. Xbox LIVE is the only service in the world where you can search, discover and control TV, movies, video and music using voice and gesture via the power and magic of Kinect.”
So what will it be tonight – Skyrim, Doctor Who or EastEnders…?