It was promised last year and it’s finally here, iPlayer hits the Xbox 360 today. The delay seemed to be around Microsoft only wanting to make the iPlayer services available to Xbox Live Gold subscribers where as the BBC wanted it to be free for all license fee payers. Anyway it looks like the BBC won and you can get the app if you have Silver or Gold Xbox Live subscriptions. iPlayer also supports Kinect voice recognition and gestures control.
Stephen McGill, Director of Xbox and Entertainment for Microsoft, 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.”
The BBC has seen 433 million requests on TV* devices in 2011. This means one in four iPlayer requests are on the TV*. At this rate, the BBC projects that by 2015, over 50% of requests will be via TV* devices.