Microsoft has done an about-turn and all Xbox 360 users, with an Xbox Live account from today onwards will be competent to access the BBC iPlayer for free.
According to sources, a deal between BBC and Microsoft couldn’t be reached until October 2011 as Microsoft’s strategy of charging for all content on its Xbox Live platform being mismatched with the BBC’s public service concern.
The BBC iPlayer is now available on 450 platforms comprising Virgin Media, BT Vision, FreeSat, Freeview, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo Wii, and hundreds of mobile phones, tablets, and internet-connected TVs.
Daniel Danker, BBC general manager, Programmes & On-Demand, said that “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”, he added.