Skip Navigation

BBC iPlayer now on Xbox 360 with no live subscription
Tuesday 20 March 2012 09:23:47 by Andrew Ferguson

The Xbox 360 is the last of the major gaming platforms to receive the BBC iPlayer. Xbox 360 users now have access to the iPlayer service, and importantly there is no requirement to have a paid Xbox Live Gold subscription.

The implementation of iPlayer on the Xbox adds gesture recognition and voice commands to the service for those with the Kinect add-on. There is also the news that the service will be launching on Sky later this year.

"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."

Daniel Danker, BBC General Manager, Programmes & On-Demand

While iPlayer originally launched on personal computers, the rise of the TV platform, with iPlayer on games consoles, Smart TVs and connected set-top boxes mean that over a quarter of all requests were played back via a TV, which amounts to some 433 million requests.


Posted by Timalay over 5 years ago
About time, my on demand system is nearly complete (only FTTC to come next month).
Posted by foxtrot_yankee over 5 years ago
Launching BBC iPlayer on my Xbox 360 resets my Virgin Media Superhub. Anyone else experiencing this?
Posted by acpsd775 over 5 years ago
Microsoft finally backed down then lol they were offered it at the same time the PS3 got it but they refused to put it on xbox live silver and the BBC said they were not aloud to use it on a paid service
Posted by Markak over 5 years ago
YAY! propaganda straight to your gaming consoles. INDOCTRINATION GONE MAD!! WAKE UP PEOPLE! GET OUT OF THE SHELL YOU'RE IN.
You must be logged in to post comments. Click here to login.