BRITISH BROADCASTER the BBC is bringing its television on demand services to Microsoft's Xbox, around three years after the idea was first mentioned.
We've seen a flood of services on demand hit the Xbox in recent months, including Vevo, Lovefilm and Netflix, but the Iplayer has been the longest expected. Fittingly then, it at least makes the most of the Microsoft Kinect system for controlling viewing and is available to users with no subscription.
Channel 4 and Channel 5 both offer apps for viewing their shows on the Xbox, and these are ad supported. The BBC Iplayer is available to all Xbox Live users, even those that do not pay to use the service.
Previously there have been suggestions that it was the BBC's desire to keep the Iplayer on the free Live service, in the face of opposition, that had held back the launch.
"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," said Daniel Danker, BBC general manager for Programmes and On-Demand.
"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 BBC's Iplayer is also available on the Sony Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii. µ