With the likes of Sky Go, 4oD and LOVE FiLM already featured on Xbox LIVE, it was only a matter of time before the BBC iPlayer finally joined up. What’s really great is that it is completely free to use and doesn’t require a Gold subscription at all!
Xbox 360 users have been waiting quite some time for this day to happen, years in fact, and they now have access to BBC content via their Xbox. The launch, which brings all of the same TV content from the website-based version, won’t feature BBC radio for a little while. However, the BBC have confirmed that an update will bring BBC radio to the Xbox service later in the year.
As well as finally being available on the Xbox, the iPlayer interface has been given a brand new interface, which will be compatible with voice and gesture controls through the Xbox Kinect.
The BBC’s head of on-demand Daniel Darker says: “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.”
It has been said that the BBC iPlayer feature should be available to all UK users within the next week.
[Source: tech-reviews.co.uk ]